Caine Lyric Theatre deserves name of 'crown jewel of
By Brandon Monson
December 15, 2006 | Logan city boasts many historic
buildings and sites along Main Street and Center Street,
giving the city an old-time feel and small-town atmosphere.
There are many historic gems for the tourist and the
local alike, but among the finest buildings in Logan
stands the Caine Lyric Theatre located at 28 W. Center
"I love the Lyric Theatre. There is something special
about it that makes you fell like when you walk through
its doors you have gone back in time 50 years," Mandee
Nilson, an art student, said.
Many residents of Cache Valley and university students
have had opportunities to enter the theatre walls, but
few know the unique history behind the landmark building.
Lyric G. W. Thatcher and his wife Mary Ann Young built
the Victorian-style theatre almost a century ago in
1913. The Lyric Theatre was constructed to replace the
Thatcher Opera House which caught fire burned down on
the same day as the sinking of the Titanic.
The theatre's success, however, was short lived. After
WWII, the theatre was run down and no longer used for
opera and plays. It was used as a movie theatre from
the late 1940s until 1961. At one point, during that
time, the city even considered demolishing the theatre
and putting a bowling alley in its place.
State Theatre, The Lyric, was finally restored and
reopened as part of the Utah State Theatre in the spring
of 1961. Ten years later, the building was placed on
the Utah State Register of Historic Sites.
Since the Lyric Theatre's first opening, its curtains
have been raised for over 1200 performances, and it
has shown over 150 different productions. The Lyric
was recently expanded and restored again in 2000 where
it took on the new name of the Caine Lyric Theatre.
It has also been referred to as "The Crown Jewel of
According the Theatre's Web
site, "tens of thousands of area residents come
to Lyric each year to enjoy a wide range of concerts
and artistic performances in this intimate, whisper
perfect acoustically superior venue."
Robbin Black, a Utah State University professor in
the theatre department, said he thinks all truly great
theatres should have a ghost.
"The Lyric theatre is a great theatre," he said. "And
like all great theatres, it has to have ghost. Our ghost
is partial to Shakespeare and his name is Everett."
Before his death, Everett was an actor in the Lyric
Theatre years ago. Everett played the second gravedigger
in the original production of Hamlet and was getting
more laughs in the famous clown scene than the previous
gravedigger, who reportedly became wildly jealous, because
his was the larger part. It was later reported that
Everett did not show for subsequent performances and
the first gravedigger had a fresh, new skull for the
grave scene. Everett's remains were later found in the
theatre lying in a dirt floor hallway that lead to the
theatres furnace and boiler room. Everett's ghost has
never left the theatre, and there are many people who
claim they have had encounter with him.
Actors who have worked in the Lyric Theatre claim
has been heard laughing during rehearsals of Hamlet.
Everett has been known to prowl the catwalks late at
night, calling out to actors as they rehearse or to
technicians as they hang lights. He is also fond of
sitting in the house right loge seat. If you're quiet,
his presence is made known by watching the house right
rear chandelier. It sways continually reminding patrons
he was wronged by a lousy actor and has one light bulb
that is constantly out in memory of his death.
"The theatre technicians and professional electricians
have attempted to fix the light but despite all their
efforts the bulb has never turned on," Black said.
The Lyric Theatre complete with its ghost and Victorian
style, jewel box proscenium seats 388 patrons and continues
to be a much loved historic site by the students and
residents of Cache valley.