Erie Playhouse

13 W. 10th Street,
Erie, PA 16501

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TLSLOEWS on November 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I agree it looks “TACKY” but thats just my opinion,the owners most likely love it though. on November 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Here’s my July 2010 photo showing the new ticker-type marquee, squares on facade cleaned up, new doors, horizonal stripes removed… all just horrible in my opinion:

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Lost Memory on July 9, 2009 at 3:53 am

Here is a nice 2009 photo.

MDaurora on February 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm

This Strand Theater replaced the original Strand, which was around the corner on State Street. The “new” Strand had a stadium style balcony. The design was art moderne. As you entered the lobby, the concession stand was to your left, which also had the stairs leading to the rest rooms on the lower level. The three strip Cinerama was set up in one booth in the balcony. in 1960, “Ben Hur” opened in 70mm and, if memory serves, played for almost a year. for 70mm they returned to the original booth. Across the street was the Majestic, an old vaudeville house which became Shea’s. There were also the Colonial, Columbia and the State in downtown Erie

karlink on February 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

There was a balcony in the Strand. My father was a part-time projectionist there during the Seventies. I would sit with him in the booth or in the balcony (which was closed to the public by that time for some reason. I saw many movies there, including The Godfather,Jaws (18 times) and a re-release of 2001. The balcony was only opened one time that I remember, for Star Trek 2 in 1981 or ‘82.

Patsy on December 3, 2008 at 3:38 pm

This is how the Erie Playhouse should still look, imo!

DonLewis on December 3, 2008 at 5:34 am

A 1996 view of the former Strand Theater building in Erie.

Patsy on August 20, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Still wish it looked like the THSA mystery theater #12 photo in the Jan 14, 2008 post! IF those doors are still in existence which I seriously doubt, they should be re-installed.

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Lost Memory on January 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm

A marquee lovers dream. A close-up view of the Erie Playhouse marquee.

Patsy on January 15, 2008 at 3:59 am

Lost Memory: Thanks for helping the “lost” find their way again! You are a theatre gem!

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Lost Memory on January 15, 2008 at 3:53 am

That picture was “borrowed” from the Theatre Historical Society of America mystery theater page. Scroll down to Mystery Theater No. 12.

Patsy on January 15, 2008 at 3:34 am

ken mc: I just visited the THSA site and under PA they only had the Warner Theatre listed for Erie so how was the b/w sketch of the former Strand found on THSA?

Patsy on January 15, 2008 at 3:25 am

JohnMessick: Well, that’s one way of putting though they certainly messed it up to say the least! Why was the name Strand not left in place along with the beautiful doors and the glass enclosures for the movie posters? And to change the seating from 980 to 433 certainly made the seating capacity less by many seats. I was in that theatre about 15 years ago and can’t recall if there was a balcony. Does anyone have memories of what it the interior looked like back then? I think the Playhouse is strictly used for live performances and not a movie theatre anymore.

JohnMessick on January 15, 2008 at 3:20 am

UGH, the photo dated 1966 and the photos 2005….they killed it!!!

Patsy on January 15, 2008 at 2:53 am

Lost Memory: If you find any photos of this theatre when it was the Strand, please post!

Patsy on January 14, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Lost Memory: I’m familiar with this playhouse having seen Sleeping Beauty and A Few Good Men on stage, but after seeing the “ken mc” Jan 14, 2008 photo I realize what it used to look like in the mid 80’s compared to the photos posted on Oct 2, 2005!

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Lost Memory on January 14, 2008 at 9:19 pm

The Family Way with Hayley Mills and John Mills was released in February of 1968.

kencmcintyre on January 14, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Here is a 1966 photo from the THSA site:

Patsy on October 14, 2007 at 9:02 pm

I think there was a Strand Theatre in Erie, but there was also several others and among them was a Shea’s which may have had 1600 seats. The Avalon Hotel is on that site now, unfortunately.

spectrum on October 14, 2007 at 5:01 am

This is strange. The American Film Review list for 1036 shows a Strand theatre in Erie PA with 1,600 seats. Could that be an earlier building replaced by this one (mentioned above as being built in 1947).

Patsy on December 30, 2004 at 7:36 pm

Correction: Please to to to find the Warner schedule!

Patsy on December 30, 2004 at 7:32 pm

Lois: Also go to and it will take you to the Warner Theatre/Erie website. It has a list of upcoming productions.