518 Elizabeth Street,
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Architects: Lloyd Greer
The Lyric Theatre was opened in 1923. It appears to be the work of Valdosta architect Lloyd Greer, although this is not documented. The façade of the Lyric Theatre features a broken pediment in cast stone at its center. Underneath is an elaborate cast stone cartouche of the masks of drama. Underneath this feature are three arched windows with columned supports. The brick work and fenestration of the Lyric Theatre’s façade strongly suggests Greer’s style as seen in the Moultrie Theatre (Moultrie, GA) and the Ilex Theatre (Quitman, GA). By 1934 it was operated by United Theater Enterprises Inc. The theatre was operated by Lucas and Jenkins, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures Inc. in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
The original marquee did not have an announcement board but featured exposed light bulbs around its perimeter. A Streamline Moderne style marquee was installed sometime in the 1940’s, featuring a triangular shape with a large “L” at its center and the typical complement of neon lighting. In 2018 the building stands boarded up and unused.
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