New Castle News

Closer Look

November 4, 2013

Warner Brothers, cinema artifacts sought

NEW CASTLE — Organizers of the Warner Film Center of New Castle are looking for unusual antique theater memorabilia.

The more unusual the better, said organizers who are creating a tribute to the Warner brothers’ first permanent theater that officials say opened Feb. 2, 1907 on Mill Street downtown.

Any old theater memorabilia is welcome, but they are especially interested in Warner Bros. memorabilia. Specifically they want antique theater equipment, theater decorations, old uniforms worn by ushers, advertisements, photos, posters and poster cases.

They also are hoping for special pieces from collections, “finds” from attics, or treasures from old New Castle theaters.

 The opening of Phase I of the project, located in the Cascade Center at the Riverplex, is anticipated for Feb. 2, which they say will be the 107th anniversary of the original theater’s opening.

The center will feature three theaters, a historical display and a gift shop. Fund-raising efforts are underway to create reproductions of the theaters.

Future phases of development are also in the works.

Antique theater contributions and names of local donors will be displayed at the replica theater. All donors will receive tax credit letters.

Developers say the Warners — Harry, Sam and Albert, who then lived in Youngstown —opened their first permanent nickelodeon theater on Mill Street in New Castle on Feb. 2, 1907.

Anyone with items to donate is asked to contact Jerry Kern at, Jack Oberleitner at, John Meyers at, or Bill Zeiger at



Text Only | Photo Reprints
Closer Look
  • disability.jpg Disabilities group unveils new icon

    Disability Options Network is joining forces with the Accessible Icon Project. Officials of the community organization, located at 1929 E. Washington St., said its new icon will replace the current international symbol for accessibility.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • well.jpg Auditor: State doesn’t have enough inspectors to monitor wells

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.


    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • vote.jpg Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

    Just when Pennsylvania voters were getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • manna.jpg John K. Manna: Measuring the money

    Should we even bother to have an election in November? By some accounts, maybe the results of some contests are already in.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • shooting.jpg Man injured in city shooting

    A man was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital Thursday morning following a shooting on West Lincoln Avenue.


    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • police.jpg Police: Man pulls gun on construction workers

    Construction workers in Neshannock Township flagged down police Thursday claiming a business owner had pulled a gun on them.


    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shooting.jpg Shooting witness arrested for giving false name

    State police have arrested a second Detroit area man after questioning him about Sunday’s fatal shooting in Ellwood City. DeMarco Dorian Hoskins, 22, of Highland Park, Mich., was the third man in a private car that transported the deceased to look for a hospital. Hoskins allegedly gave police a false identity when they questioned him as witness.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • bridgerepair.jpg PennDOT seeks outside help to make bridge repairs

    State officials are poised to sign a massive deal that will enlist outside help to rebuild and maintain up to 600 bridges, marking the Corbett administration’s latest foray into privatizing key government functions.


    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • GALLO_Natalie.jpg County native plays Clinton intern

    Natalie Gallo isn’t an intern, but she’s playing one on the New York stage.


    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shooting.jpg Coroner: Shooting victim hit by two bullets

    An autopsy revealed a Detroit area man killed in an Ellwood City shootout had suffered two gunshot wounds. Only one was a fatal hit.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Section Teases
Must Read
Continuous Super Bowl Coverage