Lyric Theatre

318 5th Street,
Lacon, IL 61540

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Functions: Office Space, Restaurant

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Lyric Theatre

This theatre was opened in 1914 by B.F. Shafer, a local businessman. It was located in one of the storefronts of the newly completed Pythian Hall. Shafer had previously run an airdome one block west, which he closed to operate this theatre.

A rather small theatre for a town of roughly 1,500 people, this operated until 1940, when Shafer remodeled an opera house on S. Broad Street into a larger venue.

The building is well preserved, and both storefronts are occupied (by a coffee house and physical therapist). It is unclear which side the theatre was in, as the 1926 map is not available online.

Contributed by Seth Gaines
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