Manos Theatre

415 East Lawrence Avenue,
Ellwood City, PA 16117

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guapodugh on January 4, 2012 at 5:05 am

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

Patsy on March 6, 2010 at 10:34 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.

Patsy on March 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Is this theatre still standing?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2009 at 9:05 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2009 at 2:41 am

This site which is the same site that you linked to on the Majestic page, claims that: “Liberty Theater (also known as the Manos Theater)”. It’s on the right hand side of the page in the column under “Wanted” where they are asking for pictures. Maybe the Liberty was remodeled around 1934 and opened as the Manos.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2009 at 2:06 am

If Boxoffice is accurate, then the Liberty was a different theater. The strange thing is, the Liberty had 972 seats in 1930 and is no longer listed in 1935. The Manos appears in 1935 with 970 seats. Coincidence? I read on some website that the Liberty became the Manos but I didn’t bookmark it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2009 at 11:49 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Here is a March 1933 coupon/ad for the Liberty Theater.