The historic Lyric Theatre in Stuart, Florida hosts free summer film screenings. Recent screenings have included Chinatown, The Usual Suspects and Gone With the Wind. The Lyric was built in 1925 as a silent film house and was operated until the depression when it was closed and eventually sold. Over the next 50 years it was bought and sold to a variety of theater chain operators. In 1978 the theatre was purchased by a church and was used for their weekly services until they built a new facility, and no longer needed the structure.
At that time, in 1987, a downtown redevelopment effort was underway, and a group of community minded individuals realized the theater’s importance and began an effort to restore it and continues to run the venue as a revival movie house and special events space. The venue now hosts fundraisers, civic presentations, film screenings and private events.