Robins Theatre

166 E. Market Street,
Warren, OH 44481

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thom5340 on May 19, 2018 at 7:24 pm

I’m sorry to report that the Robins Theatre WILL NOT have a Theatre Pipe Organ installed. I offered to donate an original pipe organ to the theatre and the Development group informed me that they were not interested. If anyone knows of a theatre that wants a pipe organ, I have at least one to donate. You can contact me at 330-792-1321. Thom.

wolfgirl500 on February 7, 2018 at 3:52 am

RickB on December 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Theater has been sold to Downtown Development Group LLC; they plan to renovate and present concerts, comedy shows and movies. Tribune Chronicle story here.

DavidZornig on August 25, 2017 at 5:16 pm

Facebook link to a 1854 photo.

wolfgirl500 on February 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Students from New York’s New School of Design were in to see about restoring this theater according to WKBN-TV News.

Mark_L on December 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

The picture from kencmcintyre from 3/19/10 is likely from 1952 or 1953, judging from release dates of movies shown on the marquee.

zofko on March 20, 2008 at 7:05 pm

I am 72 years old and can remember many grand times at the Robins or one of the other 4 theaters in Warren during my youth. It’s a shame Warren can come up with money for a Riverwalk (which i would be afraid to be on after dark), an Ampitheather which has been a total bust, and a Packard Auto Musuem which replace a swimming pool that the city could not longer aford to maintain but can maintain the musuem which is a year round situation. The glory that was once Warren is long gone and will never be replaced. I am glad I am as old as I am because I would not want to live and see what is going to happen to Warren in years to come. Zofko

BALLETTEACHER on December 18, 2006 at 3:29 pm

I wish there was enough funds for packard music hall and the robins theater. packard is great for large venues as well as the new amphitheater on mahoning avenue, but wouldn’t it be great to see that robins theater marquee up in lights again on east market!!

DwarfDog on August 28, 2006 at 5:15 pm

This is a C. Howard Crane, Architect building….Crane was an understudy of the great architect Albert Kahn…..he is credited with the Allen THeater in Cleveland and the recently purchased Liberty/Paramount THeater in Youngstown

Patsy on May 19, 2006 at 2:16 am

Rob: We’ll let you know if a trip to Youngstown this summer with friends takes place as I really hope to see the Robins and that it’s future is bright. Warren is known for being the home of the Packard family thus the W.D. Packard Music Hall and Packard Museum so it should definitely have its restored Robins Theatre!

roblake on May 18, 2006 at 2:42 pm

No, I don’t know Nathaniel A. Riggle. Google doesn’t find him, either.

Patsy on May 18, 2006 at 4:46 am

Rob: Do you know this Nathaniel A. Riggle who contributed the Robins link?

Patsy on May 18, 2006 at 4:46 am

Rob: Do you know this Nathaniel A. Riggle who contributed the Robins link?

Patsy on May 18, 2006 at 4:45 am

Rob: Thanks for your informative CT post on the Robins. And btw, thanks for the email.

roblake on May 17, 2006 at 11:34 pm

Let me correct some of the family relationships mentioned in the first posting. It was Ben Robins who married Anna Warner. Ben died in 1937. I have home movies from 1939 showing Anna Warner Robins (dressed in black) along with many of the Goldston and Robins family.

For the past several years, I have been quietly promoting the concept of an interactive digital performance center in University Circle, Cleveland. One aspect of this would be a very-high-speed fiber optic link to a (renovated) Robins Theater in Warren. Performances from the very many cultural centers in Cleveland could be linked to Warren, which then might become a regional outreach venue for the arts. It might also be possible to utilize the array of offices/studios around the 2nd floor of the Robins for interactive lessons linked from Cleveland, where there are very many artists-in-training who teach. Indeed, a performing arts company in Warren might even participate in a joint performance with another Northeastern Ohio company.

A bold, regional concept like this will be a SLOW sell. Northeastern Ohio is not as accepting of innovaton as is, say, Silicon Valley. It might take a decade or more to obtain funding, but
tearing down the Robins now would provide no benefit to Downtown Warren. There are acres of empty space in Downtown should someone want to build a new theater. It would make as much sense to tear down the magnificent Court House because of the city block of land around it!

Patsy on May 16, 2006 at 10:35 am

I’m not sure what, if any, the connection is between the Robins and the Packard names? Hopefully someone can post that information here. Thanks.

Patsy on May 16, 2006 at 10:31 am

What can someone tell us about the W.D. Packard Music Hall? Glad to know that the hall exists, but the Robins needs to be restored!

Patsy on May 16, 2006 at 10:29 am

Lost Memory: Thanks for the photos of the Robin, then and now as I see the marquee and vertical ROBINS sign are gone! Somehow I’m not surprised, but saddened none the less!

Patsy on May 16, 2006 at 10:10 am

The Robins Theatre hopefully will be restored as it is connected with the Packard name and deserves to get some TLC. A trip this summer to Youngstown will include a trip to nearby Warren, now!

Patsy on April 5, 2006 at 5:52 am

Lost Memory: Thanks for the modern photo of the Robins. BTW, is anyone attending the Harry Warner Silent Film Festival in New Castle and Slippery Rock PA later this month? The website is

wolfgirl500 on April 5, 2006 at 4:29 am

Don’t misunderstand me in re. Robins Theater. I like most others here would like to see the theater saved, but with private funds.

This morning GM, the area’s largest employer announced that it would be cutting it’s third shift, Delphi (Warren) is cutting jobs as well as pay, and Forum Health (Liberty Township, Trumbull County) may close, all impacting on the valley’s economy.

With all this bad news, it’s unreasonable to expect the tax payers to dig into their pockets to save the Robins. We must set our priorities.

What about establishing a private foundation for the preservation of historic theaters, seeking out corporate support? Surely there are businessmen in the corporate world who would be willing to join in such an effort.

The Warner Theater in Youngstown was saved because of a single family, and out of that efort, we have the beautiful Powers Auditorium that is home to the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and is a success story.

The Stambaugh Auditorium is another success story thanks to the private sector. Like Powers, it is a magnificant theater srving the Mahoning Valley.

wolfgirl500 on April 4, 2006 at 6:09 pm

My only concern is where can we find the private investors to put up the money to restore the theater?

Here in Youngstown people have wanted to restore the Paramount and State theaters but could not get the money from the private sector, and with both Delphi and GM on shakey grounds, folks here are simply not placing restorations on their must do list.

To make matters worse, there is a distinct possability that we will be losing a third major employer if Forum Health closes the North Side Hospital.

The Robins should be saved, but to do it, we must have help from outside the valley.

As I see it, there must be a national foundation set up for the purpose of saving historic theaters, with the expertese to assess the feasability of doing the job.

Patsy on April 4, 2006 at 4:39 pm

wolfgirl500: “Apparently it is so deteriorated that it would be cheaper to build a new theater than restore the Robins.” That may be true, but the historical building would be lost forever!

Patsy on April 4, 2006 at 4:37 pm

Lost Memory: Nice photo of the Robins right ‘under our noses’! This one needs to be restored as it has a Warner Brothers connection!