I have recently read a gorgeous book that was published last year, entitled
“A Picture Palace Transformed, How Erie’s Warner Theatre Survived a Changing
Built in Erie, PA, with 2,506 seats the beautiful movie palace was saved
from demolition by citizen activists. The mayor of Erie championed its
survival. Governors Shapp and Ridge funded its restoration phases. The book
has an interesting story that Governor Ridge released millions in
restoration funds after finding his seat was broken when he took his
daughter to a concert at the theater!
Photos of the Warner’s exterior, stunning grand lobby, huge auditorium and
former pipe organ console (removed & donated like the Boyd’s) can be seen at
this link to the book:
The WARNER in ERIE continues as a beloved community showplace because many
citizens and politicians cared enough to do something. Philadelphia’s Boyd
Theatre will also again be a local showplace. Please spread the word!
Howard B. Haas