Lyric Theatre

5th Avenue and Ramsey Street,
Goldfield, NV 89013

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Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre was opened prior to 1914 when it was located at Main Street and Hall Street. In 1924 it was re-located to a 1908-built building on 5th Avenue and Ramsey Street which was enlarged to accommodate a 200-seat theatre.

The Lyric Theatre was listed as (Closed) in the Film Daily Yearbook of 1934 but had reopened by 1936. Listed as (Closed) again in 1940, 1941 & 1943.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Herbandez

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Texas2step on April 15, 2016 at 11:41 pm

Opened around 1924 with 200 seats. Location was Fifth avenue.

robboehm on April 16, 2016 at 4:29 am

From what I’ve read it’s more likely to have been opened even earlier than 1924. The name of the town comes from the discovery of gold in 1902. The population quickly rose to 20,000 making it the largest community in Nevada. By 1910, when mining had become more difficult the population was down to 10,000. A 1923 fire caused by a still wiped out a large segment of the town. The Lyric, being made of stone survived.

In the 2010 census the population was under 300.

An application was made to the National Parks Service in 1982 to create the Goldfield Historical District. The buildings are individually owned and maintained. There was mention in a 2015 meeting of the Historical Society that a mason had been hired to work on the side entrance of the Lyric.

A special Goldfield Historical Festival is held each August.

I have uploaded a picture of the Lyric when it was being used as a warehouse from a Picasa File by a “Jim N”.

Texas2step on April 16, 2016 at 3:07 pm

This NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES INVENTORY – NOMINATION FORM states that “The original warehouse was modified twice during the historic period; once in 1908 when the length of the building was extended to its present size, and again ca.1924 when the height of the stone walls was increased to accommodate the buildings use as a movie theater”.

The building predates 1924, but the building was modified around 1924 for use as a movie theatre.

Tapgirl95 on December 12, 2017 at 4:33 am

I now own the Lyric Theater and I am currently in the process of restoring it. It will take a while, but, it is a labor of love. Hoping to eventually open for special events and movie nights.

KenLayton on December 12, 2017 at 4:42 am

Tapgirl95: Any chance you can post pictures of the interior of the building?

davidcoppock on December 12, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Looks like a ghost town in the above photo.

davidcoppock on December 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Is the small wooden next to it on the right hand side part of it?

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