Powers Auditorium

260 Federal Plaza West,
Youngstown, OH 44503

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First Night As Powers Auditorium

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WayneS
WayneS on October 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I imagine you have already thought of this, but I recall John Hegfield of the Palace in Hubbard talking about his movie booking agent in Cleveland, so if they still exist in Cleveland with a history back to those days, they may still have old booking files.

ron1screen
ron1screen on October 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Glad to see that the place was successfully repurposed. But, while I assume they are needed I must say that the sound material added to the cieling and side walls is rather strange looking. I have studied many photo’s of this theatre from opening day and today and the auditorium has been significantly altered in decorative appearance. Although the changes could be easily removed. But it is still used and loved and NOT a parking lot.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on October 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Most folks here are not as concerned about the cosmetic changes in the auditorium as are “purists” who insist that a theater be kept in its original condition.

Once the lights go off, the curten rises and the performance begins, what concerns the audience is “can it be heard without the volume increased to eardrum perportions” and indeed all the way to the very last row of the balcony.

During the time I worked at Powers I saw a number of shows from there and enjoyed every minute of the show.

Powers is accustically a gem of an auditorium riveled only by the Stambaugh Auditorium also in Youngstown, with a unique addition, an accustic shell under the stage that permits a symphony orchestra to be seated there and be heard as if they were on the stage.

The orchestra pit while large cannot hold the whole orchestra, so the floor of the pit is removed expoing the shell which is large enough to hold the larger orchestra and the accustical walls project the sound outward. This unique pit was a part of the original design when the theater was first built.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on October 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Should be “eardrum breaking perportions”.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on January 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

Organ question: One of our public auditoriums/concert hall has an E. M. Skinner opus 582 pipe organ. Can anyone tell me how this organ rates among theater organs?

Here are the specks:

·Henry Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, OH ·1926 Skinner Organ Co. Opus 582 · ·Great: ·16' Diapason ·16' Bourdon (Pedal ext.) ·8' First Diapason ·8' Second Diapason ·8' Claribel Flute ·8' Erzahler ·4' Octave ·4' Flute ·2 2/3' Twelfth ·2' Fifteenth ·IV Mixture (12-15-19-22) ·16' Ophicleide (enclosed in Ch.) ·8' Tuba (enclosed in Ch.) ·4' Clarion (enclosed in Ch.) ·Chimes · ·Swell: ·16' Bourdon ·8' Diapason ·8' Gedeckt ·8' Salicional ·8' Voix Celeste ·8' Flauto Dolce ·8' Flauto Dolce (tc) ·4' Octave ·4' Flute Triangulaire ·V Mixture (15-19-22-26-29) ·16' Posaune ·8' Cornopean ·8' Corno d'Amore ·8' Vox Humana ·4' Clarion ·Tremulant · ·Choir: ·16' Gamba ·8' Diapason ·8' Concert Flute ·8' Gamba ·8' Kleine Erzahler II ·4' Flute ·2 2/3' Nazard ·2' Piccolo ·1 3/5' Tierce ·8' Clarinet ·8' Orchestral Oboe ·Tremulant ·Harp ·Celesta · ·Solo: ·8' Gross Gedeckt ·8' Gross Gamba ·8' Gamba Celeste ·4' Orchestral Flute ·8' Tuba Mirabilis ·8' French Horn ·8' Corno di Bassetto ·Tremulant ·Chimes (Gt.) · ·Pedal: ·32' Resultant (Diapason/Bourdon) ·16' Diapason ·16' Bourdon ·16' Violone ·16' Gamba (Ch.) ·16' Echo Bourdon (Sw.) ·10 2/3' Quint (Bourdon) ·8' Octave ·8' Gedeckt ·8' Cello ·8' Still Gedeckt (Sw.) ·4' Flute ·3 1/5' Tierce (Bourdon) ·2 2/7' Septieme (Bourdon) ·32' Bombarde ·16' Trombone ·16' Ophicleide (Gt.) ·16' Posaune (Sw.) ·8' Tromba ·4' Clarion ·Chimes (Gt.)

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on August 7, 2013 at 5:00 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 5:26 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 9:13 am

Thanks for posting the above links! Aloha!

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on September 18, 2013 at 9:27 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 12:30 pm

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/

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