251 Conti Street,
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Previously operated by: Saenger Amusement Company
Firms: Stone Brothers
Previous Names: Saenger's Lyric Theatre
The Lyric Theatre opened on October 22, 1906, seating for 1,200, as a vaudeville house. The theater was designed by the Stone Brothers. It also presented live stage shows, and occasional movies. The Lyric Theatre contained two balconies and two sets of boxes, a large, ornately decorated proscenium, and a fire curtain decorated with scenes of Mobile’s Bienville Square. It was also said to have wonderful accoustics.
Many famous names played the Lyric Theatre during its vaudeville days, including Richard Strauss, Sarah Bernhardt, Burns & Allen, W.C. Fields and in 1913, President Woodrow Wilson spoke to members of the Latin-American Congress at the Lyric Theatre.
After Saenger Amusements opened their Mobile Theatre across the street from the Lyric Theatre in 1927, the Lyric Theatre was seen as competition to the new theater, and was acquired by Saenger later that same year. The Lyric Theatre primarily was by this time a movie house. By the 1930’s and 1940’s, the Mobile Theatre was playing first-run fare, while the Lyric Theatre was reduced to second-run movies, and most often B-grade ones at that.
After the Lyric Theatre closed in 1950, it was demolished to make way for a parking lot.
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