Lyceum Theatre

95 St John Street,
Launceston, TAS 7250

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Functions: Café, Dance Studio

Previous Names: Theatre Royal, Odd Fellows Hall, Gaiety Theatre, Bijou Hall, Empire Theatre

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Old Lyceum Theatre St. John St. Launceston. Tas.

This attractive building was opened in 1857 as the Theatre Royal on the upper floors. The street level of the building was occupied by the London Coffee & Chop House. The Theatre Royal closed in 1878. It became the Odd Fellows Hall until 1886 when it re-opened as the Gaiety Theatre.

Later known as the Bijou Hall, it became a cinema in 1902, re-named Empire Theatre. In 1910 it was re-named Lyceum Theatre and operated as a cinema into the early-1920’s.

It was converted into an eight table billiard saloon which closed in the 1970’s. In 1985 it became a dance studio which still operates today. The ground floor is the Kameo Coffee Lounge.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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