Lyric Theatre

110 E. Kemp Street,
Watertown, SD 57201

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: Jack J. Liebenberg

Firms: Liebenberg and Kaplan

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Idle Hour Theatre

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The Idle Hour Theatre was opened in 1905. It was remodeled in late-1916 and was renamed Lyric Theatre. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary John Friedl. It was still open in 1952, but closed around 1956.

In 2015 it is a hobbies & crafts shop.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2015 at 8:30 am

The finding aid for the Liebenberg & Kaplan papers indicates that the firm did work on the Lyric Theatre in Watertown in 1931, 1935, and 1937. The extent of the projects is not given.

The Lyric was mentioned in the March 30, 1918, issue of Motography. It was then being operated by a firm called McCarthy Brothers, who also had the Rialto and Lyric Theatres in Aberdeen and had just purchased the Grand Theatre in Grand forks.

Predator on May 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm

The Lyric Theatre opened around 1905 as the Idle Hour Theatre. The Idle Hour Theatre was remodeled in 1916 and the name was changed to the Lyric Theatre.

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