Lyric Theatre, Third Avenue between 12th and 13th street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
Built about 1880, the Lyric Theatre had started as a restaurant and was converted into a music hall before its 1910 renovation as one of New York’s earliest motion picture houses. Originally holding 274 seats, the theater doubled its seating in 1923 in response to the growing habit of moviegoing. By the 1930s, the Lyric’s clientele consisted chiefly of transients from the Bowery, a few blocks to the south. For a ten-cent admission, the show included two features (one a western), a newsreel, and a short subject. The theater opened at seven o'clock in the morning, but the first showing did not start until an hour later, allowing early birds to catch a short nap. On the day she took this photograph (April 24, 1936), Abbott also visited the Bowery, where she dodged cars under the El at Division Street.
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