Lyric Theatre

1013-15 South Broadway,
Camden, NJ 08103

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Previously operated by: Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Paul J. Henon, Jr., William H. Hoffman

Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.

Previous Names: New Lyric Theatre

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Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre was located on South Broadway just south of Mt. Vernon Street. It was opened around 1921. It was reopened as the New Lyric Theatre on October 21, 1924 with Lionel Barrymore in “America”. It was equipped with a Moller organ which was opened by organist Charles L. Bowen. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The Lyric Theatre was closed by 1956.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 6, 2005 at 10:20 am

Film Daily Yearbooks, 1941 and 1943 give a seating capacity of 2,145. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y.B. a seating capacity of 1,942 is given.

During these years the Lyric Theatre is shown as being operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

teecee on March 6, 2005 at 4:17 pm

1928 photo (note that it is called the New Lyric):
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 7, 2005 at 5:41 am

The 1950 F.D.Y. also has the Lyric listed as a Negro theatre for black audiences

teecee on July 5, 2005 at 3:20 am

The owners of the original Lyric ordered a Moller organ in 1921 (opus 3282) but cancelled the order. In 1924, they ordered another (opus 3953) that presumably went into the rebuilt theater in 1926.

teecee on July 28, 2005 at 9:16 am

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In December 1948, about 450 carriers were treated to a party at the Lyric Theater in Camden.

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 5:13 am

Listed as CLOSED and part of Stanley Warner Corp. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

kencmcintyre on February 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Doesn’t seem to be any building resembling the theater at this street address, according to the map view.

kathreut on November 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

Hi My grandfather owned the Lyric on Clinton Avenue until the 60s. (Apparently there was another one on Broadway) I have a picture of the theatre and a few signs and things. I spent many days up in the balcony watching movies with my siblings and friends in the 50s. My mother grew up watching the great shows they had there.

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