The Lyric theatre has elevated the music scene in Oxford, attracting more popular bands by giving them a premier space to preform. The building was originally built in the 1800s. During the 1920’s it was converted into a theatre for live performances and silent films. When motion pictures evolved it became oxford first movie theatre. The Lyric stopped operating as a movie theatre in the 1970’s and was left abandoned for many years until the early 1980’s when it was restored into office spaces and a health center. the theatre took on an extensive renovation in 2007, and has been restored to provide an entertainment space for all of Oxford. In the few years of the venues new makeover its attracted popular artists like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and Modest Mouse.