Lyric Theater

64 S. Grove Avenue,
Elgin, IL 60120

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Lyric Theater, Elgin, IL

The Lyric opened in 1909 and was the first building in Elgin built solely for showing motion pictures.

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Elginfan on April 14, 2007 at 1:20 pm

The Lyric Theater was located at 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin. The theater was built in 1909 and had a seating capacity of about 350. After doing some research, I have found that the Lyric has NOT been demolished but is still standing and seems to be vacant. The theater closed in 1913 probably due to the competition of larger theaters in the immediate area. Since its closing the old theater building has been remodled several times over the decades.

here is a recent picture of the former Lyric Theater:

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BrendanM on January 20, 2008 at 5:12 pm

There is now an office on the first floor of this building – I believe they make maps; so the function for this property should be listed as ‘office space.’

downtownelgin on December 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

This building was purchased in April 2011 and construction is underway to renovate it into a family pizzeria on the first floor and a private apartment for the owner of the pizzeria in the second. The back will open up to a nice eating area along the Fox River. More info here:

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