Help for Restoring the Historic Lyric Theater

July 09, 2017 05:57 PM

The historic Lyric Theater in Virginia opened as an opera house in 1912. Vaudeville acts performed here. Then it moved its way through history, becoming a movie theater in the 1930s. 

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Long closed, there is a concerted effort to re-open it some day.

The renovation and restoration is being done in stages.

This latest stage is the new entrance ways, which will provide more access to the building. The total renovation is estimated to be $200,000. They need to raise $25,000 in cash donations.

"This is really a turning point for us," explained Mary McReynolds, executive director of the Lyric Center for the Arts. "Once we have the new doors, we can start the next phase, of the lobby and the gallery and the small recital hall that will seat about 100."

Eventually, they want to restore the upstairs ballroom and then, of course, the theater itself.

This summer's fundraising campaign is called Sparklers and Sprinklers. Another event is coming up. It's a silent movie festival, on Friday, July 14th, from 7-9pm. It will be at the Lyric Annex. Popcorn and beer will be provided.

Tickets are available in advance:


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