Warner Theatre

811 State Street,
Erie, PA 16501

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DavidZornig on February 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

FYI, there is a Facebook page called “History and Memorabilia | Erie Pennsylvania” that has an photo album titled “Warner Theater”. There are many exterior & interior shots, projectors, promos and an extensive history. It is an Open Group, so all the photos are visible.

Charlie_Brown1 on August 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

You have to really look to find a better theater than the Warner in Erie. This theater had it all and still does. In it’s day,it was a first run theater. From time to time,on Saturday mornings,they had a 17- cartoon show. You know, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker and the beat goes on. The kids used to stand in line all the way to 9th and State Streets. I was there one of the few times they had a double feature,Patton and Mash. You were always sure of a good time at the Warner.

TLSLOEWS on August 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Wonderful photos and history,great looking theatre.

Patsy on August 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Paul Jones: It sounds like you are in Erie. I’m not far and always jump at the chance to visit the beautiful Warner which has never closed in its long history in Erie.

PaulJones on August 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

It’s worth noting that the Eerie Horror Film Festival has been held at the Warner for the past three years and has brought movies (albeit the scary ones) back to the huge Warner screen! The event is held each October and features celebrity guests and vendors. The next one takes place October 7 – 10, 2010. More information can be found on their website: http://www.eeriehorrorfilmfestival.com It’s a fun event and surprisingly family friendly. It’s definitely the only thing that drives us to Erie each year. Hopefully the city recognizes this. As noted above, the people who run the city don’t seem to have a clue when it comes to innovative ideas and the arts.

Patsy on July 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Go to www.wqln.com and click on “radio” then “Weekend All Things Erie” to hear a great interview by Kim Young with Barb Hauck who wrote a book about the Warner Theatre in Erie PA. The link below will take you to the book site and allow you to order.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Don’t remember “PATTON” and “MASH” being on a double feature,guess you had to run the kids out when “MASH” started? Great pictures.

Patsy on May 10, 2010 at 11:16 am

Chuck: Ditto! And please keep voting for the Rogers Theater each day @ www.refresheverything.com/rogerstheater in the $250K category!

babahauck on May 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

Good picture, Chuck1231. Thanks for posting it.

Patsy on May 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Warner Lady: Great article! Congratulations!

babahauck on May 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

There is a news article published in the Buffalo News today. Go to:
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Within the article there is a link to http://www.erieevents.com/ where you can purchase the new Warner history book.

Patsy on April 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Yes, very colorful and full of acrobatic talent. BTW, the Warner has never closed in its long history in Erie PA on State Street just blocks from the shores of Lake Erie.

TLSLOEWS on April 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Was it a good show Patsy?

Patsy on November 25, 2009 at 11:26 pm

This evening I saw the show, Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Warner which is beautifully decorated for the Christmas and holiday season. The tour schedule for Cirque Dreams is @ http://www.cirqueproductions.com/

Patsy on November 12, 2009 at 9:03 pm

The above link really gives anyone interested in purchasing your book a wonderful opportunity to see some inside pages and read about you and the others involved in putting together this book about the beautiful Rapp & Rapp Warner Theatre of Erie PA.

babahauck on November 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm

If you want to purchase this book online, go to www.warnertheatrebook.com

Patsy on November 12, 2009 at 9:57 am

Warner Lady: Thanks, Barb for posting your book information. Since purchasing it I haven’t been able to put it down. I recommend to anyone who is interested in theatre and the Warner name to pick up or order this book for their theatre library…it’s a true cinema treasure! ;–)

babahauck on October 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Finally the new book is out! “A Picture Palace Transformed: How Erie’s Warner Theatre Survived a Changing World” by Barbara J. Hauck based on the works of Dr. John Marsh is available at Borders, the Erie Book Store, and in the Warner before concerts. If you are out of Erie, you will have to go to Borders and tell them to search for it in their system. It is only at the Erie store, but all other Borders Book Stores can order it. It’s a beautiful book with many old and new photos. The new ones have been shot by Art Becker, a nationally renown Erie photographer. Contributing Editor Brian Sheridan did a great deal of research to add some really exciting facts.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 8, 2009 at 9:52 pm

View of the Warner Theatre from 1996here and here .

NickL on June 30, 2009 at 6:26 am

I love reading all the fond memories of the Warner. As a young boy I took tap lessons at Little’s Dance Studio, and as such, got to perform on the Warner stage 2 Times!! What fond memories. Is the blue clock still next to the stage? That clock sticks very strongly in my memories of the theater. Any new news on the book?

Patsy on September 28, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Yes, thank heavens!

MPol on September 28, 2008 at 11:56 am

I hear what you’re saying, Patsy, and…yup….with rare exceptions, Tinsel town, plus today’s generation being hard to compete with, is absolutely correct.

Thank heavens there are afew movie palaces left here in the United States, though.

babahauck on September 28, 2008 at 7:36 am

The issue is price of heating and maintaining the building. Just too high a price for the smaller audiences. Remember that before TV and subsequently VCR tapes, there was only one type of venue to look at film, a picture palace or movie house. Filling the Warner’s 2,222 seats would be very easy for a movie debut then. It would be impossible now. So the theatre is changing its purpose. Last night my husband and I went to the opening night for the Erie Philharmonic. Just fabulous! And in such a beautiful, uplifting space! The Erie’s Warner has evolved into a successful performing arts center wrapped in the cloak of history. We should be proud, not sad.