Lyric Theatre

813 N. Pine Street,
Rolla, MO 65401

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3-21-27 ad for the Lyric in Rolla newspaper

Advertisements for a Lyric Theatre appear in Rolla’s student newspaper, The Missouri Miner, in 1927 and 1931, no location given.

The owner was L. L. “Buck” Lewis, whom, according to the Rolla Herald in 1952, “came to Rolla first as owner of the old Lyric Theater at the location of the Logan Electric Service.” That would have been 813 Pine Street, unless Logan was at some other location.

Contributed by Nolan Stolz

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 29, 2023 at 4:46 pm

The historic marker for the Rollamo Theatre mentions the Lyric Theatre on Pine Street, which showed silent movies. The 400-seat Lyric first appears in the FDY in 1928, suggesting a 1927 opening, but the 1926 and 1927 editions both list a 400-seat Rolla Theatre, the only house in town. After that only the Lyric appears, except in 1930 when only the Rollo is listed again. It goes back to Lyric in 1931. This suggests that there might have simply been a name change in 1927, and the Lyric was not a new house. Neither name appears in the 1932 edition, which lists only the new Rolla-Mo Theatre.

nolanstolz on July 31, 2023 at 3:28 am

I added the ads from 1927 and 1931, the latter with “all talking.”

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