Lyric Theatre

585 Park Street,
Hartford, CT 06106

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Edward T. Wiley

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Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre opened on September 1, 1923 with Wallace Beery in “Bavu”. It is located on Park Street in Hartford’s Frog Hollow section. By 1933 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It has been closed since the 1970’s and is currently abandoned. The Lyric Theatre is one of many city theatres that have now been lost or forgotten and the building is owned by the city.

The Lyric Theatre was partially demolished in March 2010 when the auditorium section backing onto Broad Street came down.

Contributed by Roger Katz

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

leticiacotto on May 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Trying to expose the Lyric’s Story.

I work for the Hartford Public Library Park Branch in the Frog Hollow Neighborhood and am searching for any old photos or information on the history of the Lyric Theater. Does any one have any leads on historical facts about the Lyric?

Cinerama on March 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Its scheduled to be demolished this weekend.

Godard on July 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm

There is now a fund to help the City of Hartford preserve The Lyric Theater. It is an important landmark and would be a treasure to bring back to it’s former glory.

To donate to the fund: Donations should be made out to “City of Hartford,” with the memo line reading “Lyric Theater Fund,” and sent to 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT. 06103.

Here is a link to the article in the Hartford Courant: View link

hartfordhistory on July 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm

September 1 marks the 87th anniversary of the Lyric’s grand opening. An article published in the September 3, 1923 edition of the Hartford Courant, a few days after the opening, noted that Mayor Richard Kinsella, a host of other politicians, and a seven-piece orchestra had been on hand for the event. More on the blog: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

The fall, 2008, newsletter of the Hartford Preservation Alliance says that the Lyric Theatre was designed by architect Edward T. Wiley.

Jimruggerio on June 29, 2016 at 10:21 am

I used to go to the lyric all the time as a kid as my uncle joe Ruggerio was the manager. It was great!

leticiacotto on June 30, 2016 at 8:13 am

Good Morning Jim. Would you mind sharing your stories or any pics if your family has any?

Thank you

Cinerama on February 20, 2017 at 8:57 am

Article from the Hartford Courant newspaper:

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 17, 2021 at 5:46 am

This theatre was only a 12 minute walk from the nearby Bushnell Memorial Theatre.

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