The Lyric in Fort Collins has been listed for sale – Coloradoan

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The Lyric, Fort Collins’ independent movie theater and events center, has been listed for sale.

A listing at is asking $6.75 million for the business, which includes the 11,000-square-foot building.

The Lyric moved to its brand-new building at 1209 N. College Ave. in 2017 after moving from its Old Town home, where it had been in business for 10 years.

In addition to movies, including a summer outdoor series, it’s a place where patrons take in live music, art, comedy, burlesque and drag shows.

Customers sit back during a set by rockabilly duo The Poudre Valley Playboys at The Lyric's Choice City Stomp outdoor concert in 2021.

Lyric owner Ben Mozer did not return calls to the Coloradoan for this story. The listing says the owner “feels it’s time to move” after starting the business 17 years go.

For anyone worried about the future of the venue, the listing gives reason to hope. It says the site “is on a solid growth path” and booked as an event space through 2026.

“Since COVID we beat all projection, increasing our sales 40% from before COVID, which is a small miracle considering the movie theater aspect of the business,” the listing says, noting its new model of doing business “can and will be profitable.”

The Lyric is both a movie theater and events space. It honed its membership model during the pandemic.

There are three indoor movie theaters, plus an outdoor screen. The building includes a full commercial kitchen and bar.

The Lyric is named for the historic Lyric Theater that opened in 1913 at 131 E. Mountain Ave. It was closed and demolished in 1962.

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