12 Mary Street,
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Previously operated by: Famous Players
Firms: Kaplan & Sprachman
Previous Names: Lyric Theatre
News About This Theater
- Mar 2, 2010 — Happy 45th, "The Sound Of Music"
The Lyric Theatre opened in April 1913 with over 2,000 seats, as a vaudeville theatre. In 1914, the Keith Vaudeville Circuit had taken over and eventually movies were introduced.
It was extensively remodeled in 1922 and again in 1940 when it was purchased by 20th Century Theatres. They employed Toronto architects Kaplan & Sprachman to design a modern Art Deco style interior and it was renamed Century Theatre. Further remodeling was undertaken in 1967. It switched operators from 20th Century Theatres to Famous Players in 1979.
The theater closed in 1989 with “Lethal Weapon 2”, and stood empty and unused until January 2010, when it was demolished.
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