NEW CASTLE, Pa.
A historical marker will be unveiled Thursday in front of the historic Warner Cascade Theater, downtown, commemorating the building’s role in the birth of the Warner Bros. movie empire.
The building is currently being restored to its original appearance and renovated into a museum-style attraction that will open in February. It was the first theater opened by the Warner brothers, who lived in Youngstown.
Under the heading “Warner Brothers’ First Theater,” the legend on the plaque will read, “An early milestone for the Warners’ film empire was the operation by Harry, Sam and Albert Warner of a theater here, 1906-07. It seated 99 people, who could view three movies for a nickel. Sixteen years later, Warner Bros. Pictures was established.”
Also at Thursday’s event, which will begin at 4 p.m., Lawrence County commissioners will present the Cascade board with a check for $22,000, matching the amount raised in the theater’s recent Kickstarter online fundraising campaign.
More than 100 members of the Theatre Historical Society of America will attend Thursday’s events at the Cascade. In addition, New Visions of New Castle will coordinate an evening cash mob in downtown New Castle, for which stores will stay open late.
The event will also include music and other outdoor entertainment, food and prizes.
The Theatre Historical Society documents and celebrates the architectural, cultural and social history of America’s theaters “to increase awareness, appreciation and scholarly study of these iconic buildings.”
Three busloads of its members from every state in the country as well as Australia, England and Ireland will be in New Castle on Thursday.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will erect the Cascade historical marker.