Lyric Theatre

103 E. Sycamore Street,
Kokomo, IN 46901

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Fairview Theatre

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The Fairview Theatre is included on a list of motion picture theatres published in Billboard on December 24, 1910. The manager’s names given at that time were Weed and Rayner. By 1912 it had been renamed Lyric Theatre.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

Tom Hamilton mentions the Fairview Theatre in a couple of articles and in his book, but he gives the address as 119 E. Fairview. He also says that it opened in 1909, was soon renamed the Lyric Theatre, and then later renamed the Colonial Theatre. At some point the business was moved to 119 N. Buckeye Street (the book and this article say that this was in 1927, but this article doesn’t specify the date.)

The Colonial Theatre at Kokomo is mentioned in the February 5, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World, so if the move didn’t take place until 1927, the Fairview was last known as the Colonial. The second Colonial Theatre on N. Buckeye has its own Cinema Treasures page.

SethG on June 25, 2020 at 11:23 am

If it opened in 1909, it was after July, when the map shows this as a saloon. The structure was originally built sometime before 1885, but was modified over the years. With a hideous remodel, the building is now incorporated into the jewelry store on the corner.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 26, 2020 at 7:39 pm

The 1912-1913 Kokomo city directory lists the “Lyric Theatre, W O Tarkington mngr, 103 E Sycamore.”

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