Manos Theatre

415 East Lawrence Avenue,
Ellwood City, PA 16117

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The Liberty Theatre dates back to at least 1930. By 1935 the name had been changed to the Manos Theatre. The Manos Theatre is still listed in 1955 with 1,047 seats.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Mike Manos opened the Manos Theatre in Ellwood City in 1934, according to the “Ten Years Ago” feature in Boxoffice of September 16, 1944.

The May 21, 1949, issue of Boxoffice revealed that the Manos Theatre had reopened after a $70,000 remodeling. The May 28 issue gave the exact date of the reopening as May 5.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2009 at 1:05 am

I’d just assumed that it was a renaming that took place in 1934. The Boxoffice item didn’t give any details, and didn’t mention the name Liberty, but that’s often the case with Boxoffice items.

I found a May 14, 1949, Boxoffice item about the remodeling of the Manos that year, and it said that Victor A. Rigaumont was one of the guests at the reopening, so he was most likely the architect for the project. He did design a number of projects for the Manos circuit.

Patsy on March 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Is this theatre still standing?

Patsy on March 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm

There are 18 theatres listed as Victor Rigaumont as the architect. Many are or were in PA such as the present day Erie Playhouse in Erie PA and the former Dubois Theatre in Dubois PA.

guapodugh on January 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Both theaters that once stood in Ellwood City are long gone.

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