Lyric Theatre

211 Market Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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Previously operated by: Independent Theater Service Inc.

Architects: George W. Backoff, Talmage C. Hughes, Benjamin Schlanger

Firms: Hughes & Backoff

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Lyric Theater

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.

Contributed by Jim Thatcher

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teecee on March 23, 2005 at 8:16 am

You can see the side of the building on the right of this old photo:
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teecee on March 25, 2005 at 5:00 am


The Lyric Theatre was built on land once occupied by the First Reformed Dutch Church. In 1838, the basement was occupied by the first school in the East Ward.

teecee on September 18, 2005 at 6:32 am

Listed as a Negro Theater in the 1951 FDY.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 18, 2005 at 6:49 am

The architects for the Lyric Theater were George W. Backoff and T. Cecil Hughes. It is mentioned in the Architects' and Builders Magazine in December 1908, so that could be around the time it opened.

dsedman on January 3, 2017 at 11:35 am

Transformed to a streamlined, deco look in 1933 by architect Ben Schlanger (one interior picture in photos).

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