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Lester B. Funge announced plans in 1904 for the Grande Vaudeville Theatre, an 800-seat playhouse between the Reed Hotel and the St. Paul Lodging House.   In 1906, a three-story building with a hall on the top floor occupied the site.  On 20 November 1907, the 197-seat New Electric Theatre opened in a remodeled house in the same location.  The Electric was the first theater operated by the Alhambra Theatre Company, which would grow to at least eight theaters in three states within seven years.

 
 
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Newspaper advertisement for the Lyric Theatre in 1948.

Piute County News
Date: 24 September 1948

Lyric Theatre
Main Street
Richfield, Utah
 
Status:
Demolished 
Open:
1907  
Closed:
After 1955  
Demolished:
October 1983  
 
The Lyric Theatre was an adobe structure built in 1881.  It was originally a furniture store, but was later remodeled into a dance hall.  A stage was added, making it a combination dance and opera hall.1  

In 1907 the building became the Lyric Theatre, showing a new form of entertainment - the motion picture.2  The Lyric Theatre continued to show movies until after 1955.3

In October 1983 the owners, the Van Anderson family, had the Lyric Theatre demolished because it had become an eyesore and a hazard to the downtown area.3


1. "Family OKs Razing Of 102-Year-Old Richfield Theater", Salt Lake Tribune, 29 October
2. "Chapter 5: The County Matures," A History of Sevier County, by M. Guy Bishop, Utah Stat History CD-ROM
3. "Rural 2", http://movie-theatre.org
, listing as its sources the Film Weekly Film Journal yearbooks 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955 and International motion picture almanacs 1961, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000

Notes:
Polk's Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1912-1913, 1914-1915, 1930-1931