On September 1, 1923, the Lyric Theater opened at 585 Park Street in Frog Hollow. Touted as “modern, clean, roomy and comfortable,” its owners promised high-quality entertainment, the first of which was the 1923 film “Bavu” by Stuart Paton, starring Estelle Taylor (pictured).

“Our policy will be to present only the latest and the best in photo-plays,” the owners claimed in a large display ad appearing in the Hartford Courant. “An atmosphere of entertainment, of sweet relaxation, is what we have tried to attain for the LYRIC,” they added.