Lyric Theatre (Kansas City, Missouri)
Ararat Shrine Temple, Playhouse Theatre, Victoria Theatre, Capri Theatre
|Address||1029 Central Avenue|
Kansas City, Missouri
|Opened||December 18, 1926|
|Architect||Owen, Sayler & Payson|
The 4 1⁄2-story structure designed by Owen Saylor and Payson opened on December 18, 1926 as the Ararat Shrine Temple. It cost the Shriners $1 million and had a seating capacity of 3,000. It was designed to imitate the Temple of Vesta and was to be part of a complex that also consisted of the Deramus Building and the American Hereford Building on other corners of the intersection at 10th and Central.
It was used as a legitimate theatre called the Playhouse and later the Victoria.
KMBC continued to broadcast from beneath the stage.
In 1982 The Hearst Corporation, KMBC-TV's new owners, acquired the building. In 1989 a piece of plaster fell from the building during a rehearsal of the Kansas City Symphony. Hearst initially began repairs and eventually sold it to the Lyric Opera which continued the repairs.
- Lyric Theatre of Kansas City - Lyric Theatre History - Retrieved August 20, 2009
- "Lyric Theatre in Kansas City, MO - Cinema Treasures". cinematreasures.org. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
- Kansas City approves incentives for Lyric Theatre