In 1914, Birmingham got a new iron and steel structure to match the period’s industrial boom. The Lyric Theatre was born, and for many decades was hailed for wonderful its acoustics and top notch performances. These days, The Lyric is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We are pleased to facilitate a full restoration, bringing this iconic structure back to glory.
The “Light Up the Lyric,” campaign is led by some of the most respected names in the Birmingham business and philanthropic community. To help us restore this historical treasure, visit www.lightupthelyric.com
- Opened in January, 1914 as a vaudeville theatre, with acts by Rube Goldberg, Mae West, the Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Will Rogers and many others.
- Listed on the National Register as part of the Birmingham Downtown Retail & Theatre Historic District.
- 80’ wide stage including 20 feet of wing space on each side is one of the largest in the city and will be used primarily for performing arts.
- Renowned for its “pin drop” acoustics; architecture resembles the “bell” of a trumpet, allowing for maximum voice projection.
- Total of 43,000 square feet to be utilized for entertainment, office space, business and community events.
- Projected to host 450 events in its first three years with a total attendance of 331,050 patrons.
- Anticipated to seat between 750 when restored.