Lyric Theatre

67 S. Main Street,
Richfield, UT 84701

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Styles: Pueblo

Previous Names: Opera House

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Lyric Theatre

This was an adobe style structure built in 1881. Originally it was a furniture store and later a dance hall. In 1909 the building was remodeled and became the Opera House. On August 15, 1927 it was renamed Lyric Theatre, opening with the silent movie “Sweet Rosie O'Grady” starring Shirley Mason. It continued to show movies thru early-1957. In 1977 a storm damaged the roof of the vacant building.

On October 24, 1983 the owners had the building demolished because it had became an eyesore and hazard to downtown Richfield.

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darwin16 on June 26, 2011 at 11:56 pm

The Lyric theater didn’t become a movie theater until the 1930s. It was first a furniture store then completely remodeled into the Richfield Opera house around 1909. In the 20’s it started to show moving pictures and in the 30’s it was completely remodeled into an Egyptian style movie theater, and named the Lyric. It was torn down in 1983. I have a picture of the building as the opera house around 1912 and a picture as the lyric around 1963. i will try and post them soon.

dallasmovietheaters on April 13, 2019 at 5:11 am

Post-retail, the venue became Hans Fiedler’s Hall and, in 1891, Social Hall before conversion to the Richfield Opera House. After a 20-year run as the Opera House, new operators took on the new lease converting the venue on August 15, 1927 as the Lyric Theatre. The first film as the Lyric was “Sweet Rosie O’Grady.” On September 21, 1930, the theatre switched to sound with RCA Photophone. Newer theatres relegated the Lyric to subrun double-feature status. New operator J.E. Hostettler revamped the Lyric in July of 1931.

Under Sevier Amusement Circuit, the theatre was downgraded to partial year operation closing in the Summer of 1955. The theatre closed in early 1957 at end of lease. A 1977 damaged the roof and dooming the building. The theatre was bulldozed on October 24, 1983 after standing 102 years.

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