Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Brief Look at Abilene's Historic Buildings: the Lyric Theater

The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum recently featured the exhibit City on the Plains: A Look at Abilene Architecture. The following is a brief look at the Lyric Theater. (Photograph courtesy of the Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum.)

The Lyric Theater was a small, one screen movie theater located at the corner of Spruce and Northwest Fourth streets.  The movie that was showing at the Lyric Theater when this photograph was taken was Oh, for a Man!, which was released in 1930.  According to a few of the museum's visitors, in addition to showing movies inside, the Lyric would feature screenings on their roof during pleasant weather.


  1. That's Holt's car-fixing place now, isn't it?

    1. It is. Not being an Abilene native, I was a bit surprised when I first learned Holt Motor Co. used to be a theater.

  2. It might have been interesting to have re-opened this building as a theater after the Plaza collapsed. My mom says she worked there back in the day, but I don't think I ever saw a movie there.