Since 1998, the Lyric has operated a not-for-profit movie theatre and community center in the heart of downtown Blacksburg, Virginia. It is located on College Avenue across the street from Virginia Tech's main campus.
The movie theatre has a seating capacity of 477.
Originally constructed in 1929 and opened on April 17, 1930, the Lyric Theatre is a blend of Art Deco and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, designed by Roanoke architect Louis Phillipe Smithey.
One of the theatre's most notable architectural features is the Comedy and Tragedy masks on the building's facade.
Throughout the year, they offer independent and foreign films on a regular weekly basis and a variety of live music, theatre, and other events as part of the Live At The Lyric series.
The Lyric is also home to year-round educational programs, ranging from conferences and academic lectures to theatre and video camps. Cinema events connected to the School of Performing Arts are regularly presented at the Lyric.
The Lyric maintains an open door policy to the Blacksburg community, inviting residents to partner with or rent the Lyric for community events.