Lyric Theatre - Manistee MI

Address: 415 River St.
City: Manistee
State: MI
Zip: 49660
County: Manistee
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Owner History: Butterfield Theatres
Theater Type: Small Town Movie Palace
Number of visits to this page: 8433
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Source: 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.

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Info Updates:
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.
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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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