After decades of effort, Erie Events announced it has secured the land behind the Warner Theatre stage to begin the final phase of the long-awaited restoration project.
The final phase will include increasing the stage depth by 20 feet, a new stage rigging, improvements to lighting, sound, dressing rooms and loading docks will be added.
The entire project will be funded in part by an $11 million grant from the Commonwealth and a $3.5 million contribution from the Warner Theatre Preservation Trust.
Erie Events said once the work begins, the Warner Theatre will be closed for five months during the summer. The closure will not interrupt the Erie Philharmonic and Erie Broadway Season.