Documenting the American South


Going to the Show


504 Harnett , Wilmington, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 1911* - 1917*
Performance Types movies , vaudeville
Racial Policy black (1911*)
DescriptionA black theater, the Lyric was located across the railroad tracks from downtown in Wilmington’s diverse Brooklyn neighborhood.
Building NotesBetween 5th and 6th streets, the structure measured approximately 36 feet by 60 feet and was the only commercial structure on a residential block.
Associated Persons
Hanby, B.C. manager (6/6/1915*)
Rich, J.E. owner (6/6/1915*)
Whippler, Morris H. owner (1914*)
Associated Organizations


  1. Lyric Theatre Timeline Commentary
    Tags: black theater

Newspaper Clippings

  1. Replacement the Lyric and Queen Theaters
    Wilmington Star - 1/6/1913
    Tags: black theater
  2. Purchases Lyric Theater
    Wilmington Star - 6/6/1915
    Tags: black theater; change in owner; manager; vaudeville