720 Wabash Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Alliance Theater Corp.
Architects: M.H. Johnson Jr.
Firms: Johnson, Miller & Miller
Previous Names: Lyric Theatre
The Lyric Theatre opened in 1905. It was later renamed Orpheum Theatre and in 1914, the owner of the Orpheum Theatre, Elroy B. Smith was murdered in the theatre by his estranged lover. This Orpheum Theatre was demolished.
A new Orpheum Theatre was built on the site, opening in 1919. The Orpheum Theatre presented movies. It was equipped with a Kimball pipe organ.
By 1941, the Orpheum Theatre had been taken over by Alliance Theater Corp. who were still operating it until 1949. It was then remodeled by a new operator and was still open in 1957.
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