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June 13, 2014

Summer youth program features history of city, films

NEW CASTLE — Area youngsters will have the opportunity to learn about local history and the history of movies this summer.

The Historic Warner Cascade Theatre is offering Nickelodeon, a film history of old-time movies. Sessions will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in June and July at the Riverplex in downtown New Castle.

The free program is intended for elementary through middle school students ages 7 to 15.

Because of seating restrictions, the program is limited to the first 25 to arrive.

Bill Zeiger of the Cascade Theatre organization said the program will feature displays and demonstrations of old cameras used in movie theaters, and cartoons.

“This shows the history of New Castle along with the history of movies.

Zeiger noted the Warner brothers, Harry, Sam and Albert, opened their first permanent theater in New Castle.

The brothers, who lived with their family in Youngstown, obtained a copy of “The Great Train Robbery” and toured mill towns of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. They did not enjoy life on the road and rented a storefront at 15 S. Mill St. to show the film, opening in February 1907.

They ultimately opened a multi-screen complex that contained two nickelodeon theaters.

Zeiger said the program will present the history of the Warner brothers as well as the history of movies and the history of New Castle, which was then a growing industrial city.

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