Lyric Theatre

625 W. Main Street,
Boise, ID 83702

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2018 at 4:21 pm

I’ve come across an item in the May 27, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World which might or might not have to do with the Lyric Theatre, but does have something to do with its owner, Herman Kaiser. It says “Jack Mitchell has opened the old Kaiser theater at Boise and renamed it the Liberty.”

The Kaiser Theater was listed in the 1914 Gus Hill directory as a movie house with 408 seats, managed by Herman Kaiser. The 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory lists both the Lyric Theatre, Main Street, and the Kaiser Theatre, 7th and Main Streets, but the address we give for the Lyric, 625 W. Main, is in fact a building at the corner of 7th and Main, now occupied by Goldy’s Corner, a bakery and coffee shop.

I’m thinking that Mr. Kaiser might have renamed the Lyric after himself around this time, and the 1914 AMPD could have double listed the house under both its old an new names. Of course it’s also possible that Mr. Kaiser opened a second theater on one of the other three corners of the intersection.