Melba Theatre

111 N. Grand Avenue,
Houston, MO 65483

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Previous Names: New Lyric Theatre

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Houston, Missouri’s first theatre with actual sloping floor was the New Lyric Theatre. It was a converted former post office downtown. Its opening was delayed to a flu epidemic from January 24 to January 30, 1929 with “The Michigan Kid”.

On November 19, 1931, it became the Melba Theatre. The new theatre opened. It closed February 13, 1938 to move to a much improved theatre a block away continuing as the Melba Theatre. The building appears to have burned down in 1999 with the neighboring bank building.

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JohnnyC. on January 21, 2018 at 12:34 pm

How could two theatres be in operation on November 19, 1931 with the same name of Melba theatre?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 22, 2018 at 1:46 pm

JohnnyC: They weren’t in operation at the same time. The claim on our page for the Melba Performing Arts Center that the New Melba Theatre which opened in 1938 was a rebuild of the old Melba is mistaken. The New Melba was on a different site. The June 9, 1938, issue of the Houston Herald featured an ad for a furniture store “…located in the old Melba Theatre Building.”

A good rule of thumb to follow at Cinema Treasures is that if dallasmovietheatres makes a claim that contradicts an earlier claim made somewhere on the site, it is probably the earlier claim that is wrong.

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