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Lyric Theater

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1929, B. F. Curran. 113 W. Rush Ave.

This two-story 409-seat theater was the first to show “talking pictures” in Harrison. It was designed by Oklahoma architect Curran and built by contractor/carpenter William G. Clark. The theater’s brick facade is lightly touched with panels and bands of mostly terra-cotta ornamentation in geometric and foliate shapes and concludes with a stepped cornice. A metal pale blue triangular marquee was added in the 1930s. Within the theater are six murals of landscapes painted in 1931 by an anonymous traveling artist. Itinerant artists were commonplace during the Great Depression, when work was done in exchange for room and board. Hardwood flooring for the stage, handmade curtain and backdrops, ceiling fans, and a rear addition were community donations. The theater closed in 1977, but in 1999 the Ozark Arts Council renovated and opened it as a venue for plays and concerts.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors
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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Lyric Theater", [Harrison, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-BO2.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 75-76.

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