One of America’s Most-Haunted Theaters Is in Tupelo, Mississippi


by Meredith Biesinger, Our Mississippi Home

The Lyric Theatre, now the home of Tupelo Community Theatre, has undergone many changes since its inception in 1912.

R. F. Goodlett sought financial backers in 1912 to build a vaudeville theater called “The Comus.” The Comus produced live theater until 1931 when it was purchased by the M.A. Lightman Company chain and then turned into a movie theater. At that time, the facility received the iconic marquee everyone knows today.

From 1931 to 1984, many tales came out of the movie house, like Elvis Presley’s first kiss on the balcony during a Saturday matinee. Still, it was the 1936 tornado that practically leveled Tupelo, killing an unprecedented number in its path, which gave credence – and still does – to the theatre’s most extraordinary story. This story has become a part…

This article first appeared on Our Mississippi Home.

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