Lyric Summer Film Series

Check out the overview of our 2016 Lyric Summer Film Series, and check back for updated info on the 2017 series!


Almost 70 years from our original opening date, we have patrons coming into our facility, reminiscing of afternoons spent, popcorn in hand, watching cartoons and movies at the historic Lyric Theatre. It is this nostalgia that sparked the free Lyric Summer Film Series in 2012, celebrating the gathering place that the original Lyric was for the East End and giving our current generation this slice of the past.

Being the icon The Lyric was and remains to be in the African American community, these films focused on honoring the monumental achievements of African Americans in film.


As we enter our 5th year of the Summer Film Series, we wanted our selections to bridge the gap between the classics and films coming out today, much as The Lyric seeks to honor it's nostalgic roots while moving forward to rise to new heights. These films not only highlight the extraordinary talent of African American actors, directors, & musicians in the world of film, but show common thematic connections that span generations and continue to inspire, embolden, and empower. 


Check out the films we have in store during our 5 Year Anniversary Lyric Summer Film Series!

*Please note: There will be no film on Sunday, July 3.


Sunday, June 5 - 3:00 pm:

Imitation of Life (1934)

Sunday, June 12 - 3:00 pm:

The Butler (2013)

Sunday, June 19 - 3:00 pm:

Stormy Weather (1943)

Sunday, June 26 - 3:00 pm:

The Wiz (1978)

Sunday, July 10 - 3:00 pm:

Lilies of the Field (1963)

Sunday, July 17 - 3:00 pm:

Selma (2014)

Sunday, July 24 - 3:00 pm:

Lean on Me (1989)

Sunday, July 31 - 3:00 pm:

12 Years a Slave (2013)