What theater is this?

posted by IvanLincoln on December 8, 2005 at 2:32 pm

I am drama critic and theater editor for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City. In checking some of the local theaters' Web sites, there is one that is featuring a photograph of a spectacularly ornate movie palace — a venue that is definitely NOT the theater being promoted on the Web site itself.

I am curious if anyone can determine what theater the interior shot really is. Check out the www.artcityplayhouse.com website, then e-mail me with any input on what and where this theater really is.

(The Playhouse was, until recently, the Villa Theatre in Springville, Utah, and the theater is definitely much smaller and plainer than the one depicted on their Web site.)

Thanks — Ivan Lincoln at

Comments (4)

tplassman on December 8, 2005 at 6:19 pm

Sure looks like the Warner Theater in Erie, PA

grantwsmith on December 9, 2005 at 3:41 pm

It looks like whoever was building this web site never finished. Eight of the nine pages on the site say “Content coming soon…” They probably didn’t have an actual photo of the theater to use, so they did a search on the web and picked one that looked good to use as a placeholder.

GaryParks on December 9, 2005 at 6:28 pm

Yes, that most definitely is the Warner in Erie.

JimRankin on December 13, 2005 at 12:07 pm

Yes, the front page photo you refer us to on that site is definitely the WARNER in Erie, PA, a Rapp&Rapp design that has some the characteristics of the former WARNER in Milwaukee (dark for over ten years as the GRAND).

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