Lyceum Theatre

Lake Street,
Elmira, NY 14901

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Architects: Fuller Claflin, Leon H. Lempert, Sr.

Styles: Beaux-Arts

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LYCEUM Theatre; Elmira, New York.

Auditorium is heavily decorated with Beaux-Arts influenced plaster moldings. Two balconies, upper balcony has benches. Pre-cantalever with posts in the seating area. Three levels of box seats. Large auditorium. The Lyceum Theatre was built in 1904 to the plans of architect Fuller Claflin, and replaced an earlier Lyceum Theatre destroyed by fire. It was still open as a movie theatre in 1926.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 15, 2007 at 2:22 pm

The Lyceum Theatre is listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory.

roberttoplin on May 20, 2007 at 7:45 pm

The Lyceum was originally built in 1867 as an Opera House. Circa 1898 it was remodeled by Leon H. Lempert,Sr. and demolished in 1929.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2011 at 5:47 am

The Lyceum built in 1867 and remodeled to Leon Lempert’s design in the 1890s was completely destroyed by fire on March 6, 1904. But according to the April 9, 1904, issue of Real Estate Record and Builder’s Guide, the house was to be rebuilt:

“Fuller Claflin, 1133 Broadway. New York City, and B. C. Horn are making plans for a new Lyceum Theatre to replace the one recently burned in Elmira. Colonel D. C. Robinson is the owner of the property.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

In the quote in my previous comment, B.C. Horn should read E.C. Horn. I copied and pasted without noticing the error in the scan.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Here is a brief item about the Lyceum from the September 10, 1904, issue of the New York Morning Telegraph:

“Fuller Claflin, architect of the Amalgamated Theatre Building Association of 1440 Broadway, left last night for Elmira to close contracts for the building of the new Lyceum for Col. D. C. Robinson.”

rivest266 on April 15, 2017 at 11:35 am

Old Lyceum theatre destroyed by fire

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rivest266 on April 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

Reopened on January 4th, 1905

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