Lyric Theater

1136 Main Street,
Stevens Point, WI 54481

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Previously operated by: Adler Theater Co., Inc.

Architects: Byron Scheiderer

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Lyric Theater on an Insurance Map of Stevens Point Wisconsin

The Lyric Theater was opened July 1, 1916 with “The Battle of Cry & Peace”. It was located at 454 Main Street. In September 1923 it was taken over on a 15 years lease by J.P. Adler of the Adler Theatre Co. and it was equipped with a 2 manual Barton organ. It was still open in 1955.

Contributed by Ed Wilke

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

Patsy
Patsy on June 11, 2005 at 11:20 am

Stevens Point is a college town so the Lyric should be a vital part of the community IF it isn’t demolished, as listed.

tmsenzig
tmsenzig on October 10, 2006 at 5:13 am

According to local historical sources, the Lyric was opened in 1916 with 499 seats. It was located on the north side of Main Street, near the west end of the present Shopko parking lot and driveway/city bus stop, a few doors east of where the Fox Theatre still stands. I have seen an old photograph (1940s or early 50s maybe?) that confirms this. Judging from the photo, the Lyric was smaller in comparison to the Fox, so a seating capacity of 900 is most unlikely (the larger Fox Theatre only seated about 600 when it opened). The Lyric was home to a two manual Barton organ.

tmsenzig
tmsenzig on October 10, 2006 at 5:16 am

I will try to post the photo I mentioned above if I get a chance. The photo is in the files of the archives department of the university library in Stevens Point – they also have a lot of info on the Fox as well. The photo I mention is of Main Street at night, and shows the front of both the Lyric and the Fox – nice!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 21, 2006 at 8:27 am

This is from the Stevens Point Daily Journal dated 7/22/55:

Lyric Marquee Tells Of Plans For Opening Soon

The Lyric theater, closed since mid May, is scheduled to open on Friday, July 29, according to an announcement on the marquee of the building. Theater officials were not available today for
comment on the announcement A remodeling project has been under way at the theater, including the installation of new seats. The Lyric is owned by Gran Enterprises, Inc., also the owners of the Highway 51 Outdoor, currently operating despite a dispute with the Motion Picture Projectionists' union. The outdoor theater is picketed each evening. The Fox theater, closed since May 2, has made no announcement regarding re-opening. It was closed “for business reasons.”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 20, 2007 at 6:04 am

This ad dated 5/14/55 announced the closing and renovation:

TO SERVE YOU BETTER

The Lyric Theatre will close Saturday night for the purpose of modernizing and redecorating the entire theatre. We will also improve the presentation of motion pictures, all of which we feel will enhance your enjoyment and entertainment at the Lyric Theatre.

We realize this closing will curtail your opportunity to enjoy our programs and will cause inconvenience to our public. It will work an equal hardship on us. We trust our patrons will bear with us during this period of renovation. We expect to open the Lyric theatre again in the near future in a more comfortable and inviting place of entertainment.

Sincerely yours,
C. V. Clark
Lyric Theatre Management

edwilke
edwilke on March 8, 2007 at 9:09 am

Here’s a photo of drawing of the Lyric‘s layout form an insurance map.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwilke/

rivest266
rivest266 on January 23, 2017 at 9:17 am

This opened on July 1st, 1917.

Found on Newspapers.com

rivest266
rivest266 on January 23, 2017 at 9:17 am

Correction: July 1st, 1916.

50sSNIPES
50sSNIPES on August 31, 2021 at 12:11 pm

Actually, it opened on July 1, 1916 with “The Battle Of Cry And Peace”. Information goes as follows: It was constructed and built beginning on April 15, 1916 and took 70 days to complete it. The Lyric contains a 120x40 long auditorium with a capacity of 618 with mahogany seats. The walls are colored with light tan and cream color, At the north section of the theater contains the stage, a 20x24ft with 14ft high above. The loft for handling scenery is 29ft in height. A number of pieces of scenery from the Twin City Scenic Company has all been put in place. There is a roomy orchestra pit, large enough to give ample room for an orchestra of 12-15 musicians. The orchestra, is furnished by Weber’s orchestra of 6 pieces. Beneath the stage is the heating and ventilating plant. The former is a blower type while the ventilating is done by a 30in disc fan. 2 Motiograph machines have been installed in the operating room which were large and airy and is fireproof in all respects. The screen is known for the Danish Diamond and was imported. In case of an emergency, there are 8 large exits which would accommodate all persons in the building. Bathrooms for both genders were included.

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