211 Market Street,
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Previously operated by: Independent Theater Service Inc.
Firms: Hughes & Backoff
The Lyric Theatre was opened October 26, 1908. In 1933 it was remodeled to the plans of architect Banjamin Schlanger. I only knew the Lyric Theatre in its final years as an inner city “grind house”. Triple features for a 15 to 45-cent admission depending on the time of day, and ten cent hot dogs and five cent (alleged) lemonade at the concession stand.
The Lyric Theatre was demolished in the early-1960’s and the property was used to build a printing plant for the Newark Evening News, which ironacally folded a very few years later.
The Lyric Theatre was a great place to unwind after a day of shopping at Bambergers or Kresge’s or Klein’s, and a fast and cheap lunch at Grant’s next door or the Novelty Bar across the street. The Lyric Theatre would do capacity business when the first-run Paramount Newark next door would fill up and the Lyric Theatre reaped the benefits of the overflow.
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