Someone was living in the Lyric Theater when I saw it last about 21 years ago. It was a small white stucco building and still had its “Lyric” sign. Carrizozo is a quiet town in central/southeast New Mexico.The Carrizozo Theater was opened in 1916 as an Opera House. It was screening films by 1918. By the 1930’s it had been renamed Crystal Theater, and was renamed Lyric Theater in the early 1940’s, when the seating capacity was listed as 319.
The Lyric Theater was closed in 1979, after problems & protests over the screening of “The Excorcist”[sic].
In 2010, there are plans being prepared to renovate the Lyric Theater. – Don Lewis for Cinema Treasures
- Old Georgetown Theater For Sale – Georgetown Metropolitan - August 2009
- Old Georgetown Theater, Soon to Be Empty, Still For Sale – Georgetown Metropolitan - August 2011
The picture was taken from the corner of 3rd Ave and B Street in downtown San Diego; the building on which this is painted is at 4th and C. The building itself is a gem; the old “California Theater.” Shuttered now. – Mitch Paluszek
This Spanish Colonial Revival theater was built in 1927 and seated over 2200 patrons. Once a premiere venue for the city, the theater has been in disuse for decades. Although the California was renovated in 1988, two years later it was again scheduled for demolition. Now, in addition to restorations, plans call for a wide redevelopment of the entire area, which should bring the theater back into the spotlight and out from the shadows of time. – Cinema Treasures
Other Society Smoke Cigar postings before & during adjacent buildings demolition.
“There’s a double bill murder at the New Daisy
The old girl’s silent across the street
She’s silent waiting for the wrecker’s beat
Silent staring at her stolen name…”
“Handy’s cast in bronze
And he’s standing in a little park
With a trumpet in his hand
Like he’s listening back to the good old bands
And the click of high heeled shoes Old Furry sings the blues…”
- Joni Mitchell – Furry Sings the Blues – Hejira 1976