Powers Auditorium

260 Federal Plaza West,
Youngstown, OH 44503

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wolfgirl500 on November 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

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


wolfgirl500 on September 18, 2013 at 6:27 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.

Patsy on September 18, 2013 at 6:13 am

Thanks for posting the above links! Aloha!

wolfgirl500 on September 17, 2013 at 2:26 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.





wolfgirl500 on August 7, 2013 at 2:00 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 on January 17, 2013 at 8:32 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 on October 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Should be “eardrum breaking perportions”.

wolfgirl500 on October 20, 2011 at 6:37 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.

ron1screen on October 20, 2011 at 6:10 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.

WayneS on October 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

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.

wolfgirl500 on September 30, 2011 at 10:10 pm

It’s a great resource for those who are into the technical side of the industry but as a historian of Youngstown, Ohio, its overload and doesn’t provide the kind of information I need … specific information on local theaters.

For a number of other theaters here at CT there are lists of movies that ran at those theaters along with the year they ran and that is the kind of data I need for the Warner; State; Palace; and Paramount.

As for the Vindicator at Googlenews it’s a hit and miss thing since many of the issues are not there, and others are incomplete making the finding of specific material difficult so I have to spend many hours at the Public Library which does have a complete collection of all the Youngstown newspapers. But without dates that means spending many hours in vane.

The library doesn’t have much information and few pictures of the local theaters, and while the historical society can supply pictures of local theaters, they charge a fee for them and the pictures are copywritten so I cannot afford to use that resource.

If I can get a complete list of th 70mm movies that were shown at the State, hopefully I can also find articles about the State in connection with the Todd-A-O process.

WayneS on September 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

wolfgirl500 Are you familiar with the WideScreen Museum? The site owner is extremely picky about getting facts right, so it’s a very reliable source. http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/

WayneS on September 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I posted some personal history on the State and Paramount but they disappeared so I’ll try again. Yes, I saw Ben Hur at the State in 70mm as well as the Ten Commandments, but I’m been trying to tease out some information on whether it was true VistaVision or not. My comments on the Belmont, the Palace and Powers are there, however. I got started by posting some photos on the Hubbard Palace Theater. I’m just 67 myself.

wolfgirl500 on September 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Thanks for the kind words Wayne. The history of Youngstown and its institutions is a project that I have devoted many hours, nay week, months and years to, and our theater history is an important part of it.

My Webshots site has over 1000 pictures, and I contribute historical information at mahoningvalley.info to preserve our local history.

The Warner and Palace as well as the Park played key roles in local theatrical history, and by the way, the State did have 70mm Todd-A-O and I recall the long lines waiting to buy tickets.

Today at 72, I guess I have more than my share of nostelga (sp) for Youngstown’s glory days.

WayneS on September 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

No, I am not downgrading it. I am thrilled it was saved. I spent many days there, as Frank Savage’s guest, and I have vivid memories of how it looked. The lobby looks nearly the same, but the ceiling, the furniture and so on, is a bygone glory. I’d just like people to remember the Warner was one of America’s most amazing theaters. There are very few left in their original state.

By the way, you seem to have a wonderful body of resources, and I’m glad you’re keeping all that alive. Well done.

wolfgirl500 on September 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

It was removed and the Rosette was installed. The chandelier is currently in storage.

No offense intended but it seems that you are degrading Powers solely in the basis if that one item.

The Warner family who is the best judge of the matter applauded the auditorium officials for their efforts in preserving the auditorium, and by the way there is nothing “new” save the Rosette which was to inhance the sound quality.

As I said before, I worked there for two years, on a daily basis, and I can safely assure you that the greatest care was maintained in bringing it up to what it is today even to the point of bringing in experts in paint matching and plastering where needed including folks from the company that built the building in the first place.

As youth, our vision of a theater isn’t what it is for an adult. I know that my view of the Palace Theater was different than when I was older.

WayneS on September 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

The new interior, although beautiful in its own right, is no match for the opulence it had when I was a teen. I often wonder what happened to that huge crystal chandelier that once hung in the auditorium ceiling.

wolfgirl500 on September 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Six new pictures have been added.

wolfgirl500 on September 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Oh, and by the way, the idea that the theater is “a shadow of the beauty it once had” certainly is not true since hunfreds of thousands of dollars were spent in preserving its original beauty, and experts in historic preservation were brought in to oversee the work.

wolfgirl500 on September 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Warners first theater was located in New Castle and is now a museum dedecated to the Warner Brothers.

As to the interior, the photos speak for themselves.

All of the furnishings are still there that were there when it was the Warner Theater including bronze statues that are extremely valuable and original oil paintings.

The only changes that were made was in the auditorium proper. Two rows of seats were removed to make it handicap accessable on the main floor (see seating charts).

The mirrors and chandeliers in the lobby are still there, and are well cared for.

In a word the theater that was the Warner has been well preserved in its original state, aside from the new portions that were alled when it became Powers, but the space taken up by the additions wer not part of the original theater. The new box office and offices while in the original building are remodled stores.

As to renaming this site to Warner Theater, since Powers still has all the equipment for showing movies in working condition and occassionally uses it, I see no reason for a name change.

WayneS on September 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

As a teen I got to know the Warner pretty well. When the area had it’s civic day, lot’s of kids chose politicians, lawyers and so on, but I chose theater operator and go sent to spend the day with manager Frank Savage. He was very gracious and showed me everything from the dressing rooms backstage to the projection booth. At the time they had RCA projectors, Baush & Lomb CinemaScope lens and a four track stereo sound system. The projectionist pulled the scope lens and allowed me to give it thorough looking over.

Today the theater is a shadow of the beauty it once had. The auditorium had the largest crystal chandelier I have ever seen. Against the baroque gold leafed marble decor, it was stunning. As I recall the lobby had six crystal chandeliers, and with those huge mirrors each side, you were looking into an infinity of crystal and light. It was beautiful. The restroom had huge mahogany chairs and couches, and even the urinals had mosaics of forest scenes.

My Mother told me of the Warner’s nickleodeon nearby, perhaps near where the State is now located.

WayneS on September 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I really think this page should be renamed the Warner Theater. It’s current incarnation is fine, but it prevents search engines from properly finding it.

wolfgirl500 on September 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

Froggy allow me to describe the stage area for you:

Orchestra Pit has a removeable floor so that a large orchestra could be placed there. This pit was built in such a way as to project the sound clearly throughout the auditorium.

Stage Level – Stage Managers office and loading dock as well as the lighting switchboard.

Stage Left and Right – Three floors of dressing rooms.

Below stage – Mechanics – Green Room – two dressing rooms and prop storage as well as restrooms, music library and a kitchenet.

Quite possably the organ could have been located on the lower level of the Orchestra pit but on stage left are a bank of ropes for backdrops etc. and the wall is solid save for doors on the second level.

Where the pipes etc were located is a mystery to me and I worked there for 2 years.

Froggy on September 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

I could be absolutely wrong, but from my own research I believe the old Wurlitzer Organ was installed in the Circle Theater in Indianapolis a few years back. wolfgirl500, I don’t know where exactly it was located in the Warner but usually there were chambers on either side of the stage for the pipes. They might not have been accessible backstage, but from some other area and often got re-used for things like mechanical equipment or storage after the organ was gone. With all the renovation Powers has had, the old chambers might not even be there anymore.

wolfgirl500 on June 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

Thank you Chuck for correcting the link.

I wish that someone who had better knowledge about the Warner than I could tell us where the organ sat when it was still there because as many times as I went to the Warner as a kid, I don’t recall ever seeing an organ where you would expect to see it, and where were the pipes, because I’m quite familiar with back stage, and didn’t see where they could have been located.

By the way, the large screen is still there and could be lowered to show movies according to Powers stage tec specs, so I wish that the powers that be would once in a while have film fests rather than to allow the theater to set empty so much of the time.

Each summer Youngstown sponsores a program of showing movies outdoors at the arena, and its well attended.