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Lyric, Brunswick

Venue Summary
Name Lyric, Brunswick
Address 203 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria 3056
Operation Dates 1911-09-02 - 1931-01-01
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Dance Hall
Screens 1
Venue Comments

Barnes writes:
"It was a large, barn-like theatre with rows of hard forms for the "cheapies" or inindividual seats- just as hard, but shaped to the body- for the "betters". Prices for admission were 3d, 6d and 1/-, children half price. It was fronted by shops over which was a hall, used as a dancing academy, and from 1927, the home of the Brunswick Club."

The proprietor was a local man named George Smith who later opened the Empire, Brunswick in 1913.

A merger between the Empire, Brunswick and the Lyric to form Brunswick Theatres Ltd.

Later became a Casino, Dance Hall & The Brunswick Club

Cinema & Theatre Historical Society 1997, Cinema index : Melbourne cinemas, suburban cinemas, Victorian drive-ins. CATHS, Victoria.
Barnes, L. Cinemas in Brunswick (Unpublished manuscript) (can be found in Bertrand, I Cinema file: Brunswick).

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1911-09-02 Lyric 203 Sydney Road
Victoria 3056
Suburb Cinema 1
1935-01-01 Casino Dance Hall

Dance Hall