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Coraopolis, PA, 15108
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lyric theatER

  • 424 Mill Street
  • Grand Opening: Tuesday, November 8, 1910
  • Proprietor: E.C. Chambers
  • stage featured a regular drop curtain, a woodland scene drop, and a drop showing a view of Mill St which was "about as near a complete reproduction as possible"
  • 350 stationary seats arranged center, left, and right, with two aisles 
  • orchestra pit (the Troubadour Orchestra played on opening night)
  • purchased by the Consolidated Moving Picture Company in 1911 (William Baughman acting as manager)
  • sold to BLS Amusement Company of Pittsburgh August 8, 1919
  • owned by Max Weintraub up through summer of 1924
  • purchased by Anthony P. Jim in summer of 1924
  • purchased by F.E. McGillick in April 1929
  • closed
1910-11-11 The Coraopolis Record

1910-11-11 The Coraopolis Record


  • 1914, Dec 2nd – Using Seeburg Motion Pictures Players and Seeburg Solo Orchestrations (Seltzer Automatic Music Co., Inc, 431 Liberty Ave., Opp. Wabash Depot, Pittsburgh)

  • 1915, Jan 27th – Using the service of Box Office Attraction Co. for big features released recently by William Fox.

  • 1915, May 26th and June 2nd and June 9th and June 16th – Using Seeburg Pipe Organ Orchestra, Seeburg Motion Picture Player and Solo Orchestrions (Seltzer Automatic Music Co., Inc, 431 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh)

  • 1915, Aug 18th – Grelle’s “The Futurity” is showing

  • 1921, April 2nd – Universal Company “Outside the Law” is booked

  • 1921, May 7th – Quality Film Corporation’s “Headin’ Home”, a Babe Ruth Film, booked. In “Headin’ Home”, Babe Ruth is presented as a boy in a small town who is devoted to baseball and during one of the sand lot games is so unfortunate as to send one of his drives through the window of a church. For this he is actually driven out of the town and at a time when a “city chap” is beginning to look with favor on Babe’s sweetheart. However, he takes with him the sneer of this same city chap who predicts that he will make a name for himself in baseball if he sticks to the “peanut selling” game. It so happens that Babe does make good and many of the scenes of the big production show the famous Home Run King in action on the diamond, scenes that have proved as interesting and entertaining to the ladies as they have to the men. “Headin’ Home” is a homely, wholesome story of small town folks. It is the set of photoplay that makes a true human interest appeal, it gets right under the skin because of its true to life characterizations and its particularly fine dramatic incidents. It is, without a doubt, the most talked about picture of the age, having been accorded more than the usual amount of attention by the dramatic critics of the Metropolitan dailies who awarded it the highest price.

  • 1922, April 22nd – Manager Winetraub, of the Lyric theatre, Coraopolis, had so much success last week with “Her Story” and liked the picture so well himself that he visited the Second National office last Friday and passed the cigars.  They say it was the first cigar Jack Frazier ever had.

  • 1922, December 2nd – Max Weintraub of the Lyric, Coraopolis, exhibited at the meeting of the Motion Picture Theatre Owners of Western Pennsylvania last Friday noon at the General Forbes Hotel in Pittsburgh. Honored Guest was Sydney S. Cohen, President of the Motion Picture Theatre Owners of America.

  • 1922, December 2nd – “Rich Men’s Wives” is showing at the Lyric, Coraopolis. [Lichtman Corp, distributed through Federated Features]

  • 1923, Feb 10th – “Barriers of Folly” is showing at the Lyric, Coraopolis. [George Larkin feature, distributed through Federated Features]

  • 1923, April 21st – M. Weintraub, Lyric, Coraopolis, Pa. exhibited at the Convention.

  • 1923, May 3rd – M. Weintraub, Lyric, Coraopolis, registered at the session of the fourth annual convention of the Motion Picture Theatre Owners of Western Pennsylvania, held at the Fort Pitt Hotel, Pittsburgh, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.

  • 1923, June 2nd – “The Deerslayer” obtained first booking by the Lyric, Coraopolis. [R.G. Hill Enterprises Inc., production co.; based upon James Fenimore Cooper’s novel.]

  • 1924, June 14th – S&S Serial “Days of ‘49” showing at Lyric Theatre, Coraopolis, Pa.

  • 1924, June 21st – Serial “Jack Dempsey” showing at Lyric, Coraopolis. [Universal Film Exchange, Inc., 1018 Forbes St., Pittsburgh, Pa.]

  • 1924, July 12th – Anthony P. Jim, owner of the Strand theatre, Woodlawn, and who recently purchased Wheat’s Coraopolis theatre, has also taken over Max Weintraub’s Lyric theatre in Coraopolis, and now controls the town of Coraopolis.

  • 1929, April 20th – The Lyric and Coraopolis theatres at Coraopolis, have been sold by Anthony P. Jim, of Aliquippa, to F.E. McGillick of Pittsburgh. L.H. Goehring is manager of the Coraopolis and Anthony Apone is in charge of the Lyric. The sale price has not been announced.

some films shown at the lyric

outside the law

rich men's wives

days of '49

jack dempsey

moving picture bulletins

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