Powers Auditorium

260 Federal Plaza West,
Youngstown, OH 44503

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First Night As Powers Auditorium

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The Warner Theatre was opened May 14, 1931 with George Arliss in “The Millionaire”. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ which was opened by organist Edgar Lehn.

Contributed by Barry Fader

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wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on August 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Here is some information about the organ that was in the Warner Theater.

It was a Wulitzer style 240. Three manual/24 rank. 13 ranks of pipes; seven tuned percussion and 24 orchestra traps. It is still bouncing around somewhere, but as I understand it was upgraded so that it isn’t in its original state.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on September 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Opening night for the Warner Theatre was a huge affair for the people of Youngstown, and riveled anything out of Hollywood or New York. Here are te links to the newspaper account of opening night.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6Y9cAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3VcNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2234%2C5886153

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6Y9cAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3VcNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1559%2C5956204

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6Y9cAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3VcNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4950%2C5886448

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6Y9cAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3VcNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1289%2C5926321

Patsy
Patsy on September 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thanks for posting the above links! Aloha!

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on September 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

What did you think about the articles? I noticed that the paper didn’t give as big a splash to the Palace as they did the Warner.

Chuck, thank you for the links, I don’t know how to do it so your contribution is quite helpful.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on November 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

WYTV did a story on DeYor/Powers the other night with some good interior views. Here is the link

http://wytv.com/2014/11/17/powers-auditorium-is-gem-in-downtown-youngstown/

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on February 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm

This year this jewel is celebrating it’s 84th birthday, and it’s original splendor stands as a monument to the Warner’s and the men that built her. March 14,1931 saw theater goers attending the opening night show in cloths worthy of those attending the crowning of a king.

ERD
ERD on February 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm

A beautiful theatre that future generations will continue to admire.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on February 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Thank you ERD. In case you didn’t know it, the Warnerswere from Youngstown and were not only in various businesses, but some ofthe brothers were active in various theatrical businesses. Sam Warner brought movies to the Grand Opera House; Jack Warner was active in one of Youngstown’s stock companies that performed at the theater in Idora Park as well as the Grand Opera House. The warners also had a financial interest in several of Youngstown’s early movie theaters such as the Rex and Bijou, and later the Dome before finally building the Warner Theater that was built in memory of Sam Warner.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on March 11, 2015 at 9:26 am

Powers has gathered together memorabilia from its Warner Theater days including one of the first projectors, ushers uniforms and other material that will go on display in the Grand Lobby for a week, and then turned over to the Mahoning Valley Historical Society for preservation, and the event will be open to the public free of charge during regular business hours. (SEE AD IN THE PHOTO SECTION FOR THIS THEATER.)

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on March 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm

What is sad is the fact that the Warners also were the last owners of the Dome Theatre yet there is nothing remaining of that theatre in the way of its projection equipment. The Dome showed The Jazz Singer on first run, and it would be great if DeYor/Powers would have a film festival featuring Warner’s greatest movies. I wish that some Angels could come forward with the funds to sponsor a Warner’s Film Festival.

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