The Lyric was the few movie theaters in the South to have segregated seating for blacks and whites at the same ticket price. The blacks entered from the 18th Street North side of the building and climbed this staircase to get to the top balcony where they sat. Whites occupied the mezzanine and bottom floor.
The first time I photographed here, about 4 years ago, there were pigeons roosting in these upper windows. Although in disrepair, I love the elegant plaster detail that is still evident today.
If you would like to learn more about the restoration efforts of the Lyric visit their website SAVE THE LYRIC.com