Lyric Theater: A bit of Rockford history

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Theater patrons in Rockford’s early days enjoyed shows at a picturesque movie palace at 617 Seventh St. The Lyric Theater operated from 1908 to 1914, with adult admission only a nickel, 3 cents for a child, or two for 5 cents. Owner-manager was Alvin G. Hoof, and the motto was “Please our patrons. Change program daily, except Sunday.” The interior had rows of wooden seats, an old pot-bellied stove for heat, and “house lights” consisting of shaded bare bulbs that hung from the ceiling. There was a large megaphone at the rear exit used for early recorded sound reproductions. The theater opened evenings at 6:30 p.m., with 3 p.m. Saturday matinees. In 1915, it was gone.

From the April 20-26, 2005, issue

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