Erie Playhouse

13 W. 10th Street,
Erie, PA 16501

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

I agree it looks “TACKY” but thats just my opinion,the owners most likely love it though.

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on November 1, 2010 at 8:40 am

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:
http://agilitynut.com/10/7/eth.jpg

MDaurora
MDaurora on February 24, 2009 at 9:58 am

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
karlink on February 24, 2009 at 7:50 am

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
Patsy on December 3, 2008 at 7:38 am

http://tinyurl.com/32t27o

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

DonLewis
DonLewis on December 2, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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

Patsy
Patsy on August 20, 2008 at 12:08 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.

Patsy
Patsy on January 14, 2008 at 7:59 pm

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

Patsy
Patsy on January 14, 2008 at 7:34 pm

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
Patsy on January 14, 2008 at 7:25 pm

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
JohnMessick on January 14, 2008 at 7:20 pm

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

Patsy
Patsy on January 14, 2008 at 6:53 pm

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

Patsy
Patsy on January 14, 2008 at 2:13 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!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 14, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Here is a 1966 photo from the THSA site:
http://tinyurl.com/32t27o

Patsy
Patsy on October 14, 2007 at 1:02 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
spectrum on October 13, 2007 at 9:01 pm

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
Patsy on December 30, 2004 at 11:36 am

Correction: Please to to www.ticketmaster.ca/venue/180227 to find the Warner schedule!

Patsy
Patsy on December 30, 2004 at 11:32 am

Lois: Also go to www.ticketmaster.ca/venue/180277/ and it will take you to the Warner Theatre/Erie website. It has a list of upcoming productions.

Patsy
Patsy on December 30, 2004 at 11:17 am

Go to www.erieplayhouse.org and I think you’ll enjoy seeing what is playing there now….“The Taffetas” which is a nostaglic musical with songs sung by 4 gals in taffeta dresses and pouf hairstyles such as Where the Boys Are, Mr. Sandman, and many other familiar tunes! Let us know how the show was if you can still get tickets!

Patsy
Patsy on December 30, 2004 at 10:29 am

Lois: Do you mean at the Erie Playhouse?

LoisGreathouse
LoisGreathouse on December 30, 2004 at 10:19 am

Would you please inform me if you have anything playing on Jan. 1st, 2005 that would be of interest to adults over 65??? Thanks, Lois

Patsy
Patsy on December 3, 2004 at 8:26 pm

I have been in the Erie Playhouse to see a production, but at the time didn’t realize its Strand history! And I didn’t know that Erie had a Shea’s. There is a Shea’s in Buffalo which has been restored and tours are given.

DMButler
DMButler on June 17, 2004 at 10:42 am

Information from the “Mystery” Theatres page of the:

Theatre Historical Society of America

IDENTIFIED: Strand Theatre, Erie, Pennsylvania

Response 1

Richard C. Wolfe, owner of the Roxy Theatre in Northampton, Pa., replies that “the Strand is in Erie, Pa. We visited it during the THS 1999 New York State Conclave. It’s now a playhouse just down the street and around the corner from the Warner. The theatre opened, I believe, in 1947, as it was featured in the 1948 Theatre Catalog. The architect was Victor A. Rigaumont. It had 977 seats and was a stadium theatre. It was owned and operated by Warner Bros.”

Response 2

Duane Butler agrees that this is the Strand in Erie, PA and says “it was built by the Stanley-Warner chain. It was a Cinerama theatre from approximately 1962 to 1964, and through the late 60s showed many 70mm roadshows, such as "My Fair Lady.” Through much of this approximate period, it was managed by the late Milford H. “Shorty” Parker. It was bought in the early 70s by the Cinemette Corporation and contiued to show films until 1983. Since 1983, it has been owned by the Erie Playhouse and used for live community theatre productions.

DavidStear
DavidStear on May 31, 2002 at 9:21 am

The original name for this theater was the Strand. I believe in the late 50s or early 60s it was Erie’s “cinerama” theater.