New Castle News

November 4, 2013

Warner Brothers, cinema artifacts sought

Nancy Lowry
New Castle News

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 myshoeroom@yahoo.com, Jack Oberleitner at jackober@woh.rr.com, John Meyers at jsmeyers@mail.com, or Bill Zeiger at moetapeega@msn.com.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)