Auspicious Opening of Lyceum Theatre

Ogden Standard Examiner, 10 November 1903, page 6

House Was Crowded for the Initial Performance Last Night.

An Interesting Program and a Beautiful Little Theatre is the Result of the Efforts of the Promoters.

The Lyceum theater opened its doors for its initial performance last night, and if a packed house on the first night is any criterion, then the Lyceum will have a brilliant future, for after the seating capacity had been exhausted the doors were broken in during the mad rush of a hundred or more who were waiting outside to gain admittance. The entire standing room was occupied and from the manner in which the entire program was received it was evident that the efforts of the managers had been rewarded. It is one round of mirth from start to finish. Special mention should be made of the LaRenos in their illustrated songs, and feats of balancing. James T. Kelly and Lillian M. Massay in their comedy, “The Intruder,” brought down the house and proved themselves comedians of no small merit.

Two performances were given last night, but hereafter there will be five each day, and an entire change every week.

The Lyceum theater is remodeled and enlarged structure, formerly the armory of the National Guard, on Twenty-fifth street. The building has been almost doubled in size and fitted up inside in a thoroughly up-to-date manner. The stage opening is 11 by 14 feet, and is furnished with entirely new scenery. The floor of the theater is slanting and gives every person a full view of the stage. The seating capacity is about 250, and another fifty could be crowded in if necessary. The interior decorations are rich and appropriate for the vaudeville house. Four artistic panels are on either side of the room, and around the entire ceiling is a pretty hand-painted frieze.