The Lyric Theatre, located at 1727 NW 16th St in the Plaza District of Oklahoma City, was originally named the Plaza Theatre. The Plaza Theatre opened its doors in 1935 backed by Paramount Pictures and operated by a subsidiary. Seating 900 at its opening, it was the first air conditioned theater in Oklahoma and drew large crowds, especially in the summer months. The theater also boasted a massive Spanish Deco fireplace for the colder winter months. The Plaza was a perfect fit in this commercial area of Oklahoma City. A unique feature was the Rock-Ola Jukebox, a new innovation in 1935. The jukebox majestically rose from a hidden compartment under the stage onto a scalloped draped stage, and played music during intermissions. Instead of records, this jukebox played the hit parade tunes of the time via telephone line, while colorful lights danced kept in time with the music. The theater closed its doors after 44 years of operation in 1979. At that time, the theatre seated 900. After a major renovation in the 1950’s, seating was dropped to 500, and today, the newly remodeled Plaza Theatre, renamed Lyric Theatre, accommodates 278 patrons. Convenience was the main reason for the drop in the number of audience members the theatre can hold. The designers laid out the rows of seats so that people won’t have to get up if someone in the middle needs out. Some seats can even be removed to fit in more stage room or an orchestra. Another huge upgrade was done to the lobby, which features several large plasma screens so you can actually watch the performances from outside. This is nice if you need to step out during a performance. Remodeling of the Plaza Theatre was finished in December of 2007. During the almost 30 years it sat empty, there were many homeless who called the old theatre home, and many of them reported sighting of ghosts, spirits, and other paranormal activity. Although there are no official record that anyone ever actually died in the building during the time it was the Plaza Theatre or the Lyric, it is rumored that more than one death and/or murder occurred in the time the building sat empty, possibly one of the many homeless individuals who stayed there. Whether any of the claims of sightings and deaths are fact, or simply rumors and stories, the history of the Plaza Theatre is definitely an important part of the history of Oklahoma City. However, with buildings that are as old and have as much history as the Lyric Theatre has, anything is possible.