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Lyric Theatre


Address: 415 River St.
City: Manistee State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Manistee
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Owner: Butterfield Theatres
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 7546
 
 

9/16/2013 - Kara Tillotson
On thanksgiving day November 24 1915 the lyric theatre opened to huge crowds. estimated over 2000 people. In 1931 it was closed for 2 weeks for remodeling which was reconstructed from stage to lobby and redecorated in a modern motif. They improved the sound system with up to the minute devices. with one exception all the work and products were bought locally.

2/11/2011 - Sharon Lauer-Fancher
My grandfather, Otto Jay Lauer, was the manager-owner of the Manistee Lyric Theatre until his death about 1925, while crossing Lake Michigan to Millwaukee, on the steamer Nevada of the Pere Marquette Lines. He was a silent partner with Fitzpatrick and McElroy and oversaw the northern circuit which included Traverse City, Cadillac and Ludington. He married Anna Schamberg in Chicago in the fall of 1916 and in fact met her, while managing their Benton Harbor theatre earlier. Wanting to raise a family in a small town, Otto chose to manage the northern Michigan circuit. Otto took over the Manistee Lyric May 1, 1916.

Quite the journey for a young man who was born in Austria, September 8, 1880, came to America (Chicago) as a young boy with his family. Along with his theatre business and partnership he became a Mason achieving the level of 32 degree Mason. After Otto's death, my grandmother raised her two sons ages six and seven, on her own in Manistee with no family to support her. My grandmother did keep a scrap book of the ads from the local paper for most of the venues 1916-1925.

That and the picture of Jackie Coogan as a child actor smoking a cigarette are my links to the past. Because of some underhanded dealings, all the paperwork disappeared proving Otto J Lauer's ownership/partnership (proprietary ownership) of all the Northern Michigan, leaving his widow to taking in laundry and boarders to survive. I have a lot to look back at and be proud of as to who they were and where they came from and I look forward to unearthing more news articles tying the past to the present. Manistee DDA has purchased the vacant Vogue Theatre built in 1938.

It is one block East of the building that housed the Lyric. The Vogue will be the second non-profit endeavor in the state. The State Theatre in Traverse City was the first. Mr Michael Moore has been the champion for the goal of bringing life back to downtown areas and the State Theatre is back to life with his support and those who volunteered.

On 02/09/2011, Mr Moore made a scheduled appearance at 11AM in front of our Vogue Theatre, voicing his support of this adventure and a check to kick it off. Lyric Theatre of Manistee, MI Vogue Theatre of Manistee, MI fromlauer-1@yahoo. com.

8/23/2009 - John McDowell
The Friday, August 21 Manistee News-Advocate had a fantastic article about the Lyric and its predecessors. I''ll try to scan it and post it soon.
Lyric Theatre - 1970 FROM KARA TILOTSON
1970 FROM KARA TILOTSON
Lyric Theatre - OLD PIC FROM KARA TILLOTSON
OLD PIC FROM KARA TILLOTSON
Lyric Theatre - OLD PIC FROM KARA TILLOTSON
OLD PIC FROM KARA TILLOTSON
Lyric Theatre - ARTICLE FROM KARA TILLOTSON
ARTICLE FROM KARA TILLOTSON

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