In a special segment, we're taking you on a look back at the Warner through the years, and what the future holds thanks to your money.
The Warner Theatre was commissioned in 1929 to be built by the Warner Brothers, and it opened in 1931.
Now years later, you'll be part of the legacy. The 1.5 million dollar price-tag to build the Warner was hefty during the depression.The Warner Theatre started as a picture palace and Vaudville stage, bringing people in to escape the troubles of the day.
Through the decades, the Warner continued to operate. Eventually, the theatre began to show its age. In 2002, renovations began, including the retouching of every hard surface in the lobby and theatre.
Now, the back of the house renovations will soon begin. A new stage house will be built using your money.
The Erie County Convention Center Authority has the money ready to go, between donations and an eleven-million-dollar state capital grant.
You can expect new rigging, lights and sound, as well as dressing rooms and a wider stage door to accommodate props and scenery for big shows.
After years of anticipation, the money is in place, and the architects have been mobilized.
The book "A Picture Palace Transformed: How Erie's Warner Theatre Survived a Changing World" mentioned in our story on the Warner, was written by Barbara Hauck, edited by Brian Sheridan, with photography by Art Becker. Profits from the book go to restoration, maintenance and other expenses for the Theatre. You can purchase the book at Warner events, or by visiting http://www.erieevents.com/merchandise/picture_palace_transformed
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