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The location of the former Lyric Theater at 121-135 North Illinois – Photo by Ryan Hamlett

Just as the popularity of Netflix and Redboxes have yielded thousands of vacant storefronts across the county once occupied by Blockbuster Video stores, television’s popularity led to the near extinction of the double purpose stage/movie theaters as well. Indianapolis was no exception to this phenomenon. Once, downtown thrived with dozens of theaters, from the grand, ornate English Opera House, Circle and Indiana Theaters to small, rinky-dink stages that popped up around the city. One such theater with rinky-dink origins was the Lyric Theater, which grew to seat 1400 and introduced Indianapolis to a young man from Memphis, TN who would become The King.