ICYMI: GoErie – Warner Theatre Shines Again


Leonhardt Andersen, 59, of Erie, owner of Bayfront Action Group, LLC, has been busy at work on the 83-year-old Warner Theatre.

He is restoring the luster to all of the brass at the front entrance to the theater, which opened in 1931. The restoration work includes the doors, windows, and ticket booth.

“It’s going to take a lot of work to get it all clean and get it back to the way it should look,” Andersen said.

Andersen removed the door handles that were heavily pitted. They were sanded and polished and now look like new.

“I’m humbled that I have been able to do this job. I hope when I am done with the work, people will see that Erie’s showplace has been brought back to what it should look like,” he said.


Successful Rock the Lakes Event at EIA

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Rock the Lakes took over Erie Insurance Arena Saturday and Sunday as Erieites and visitors rocked the Arena.

Crews came into town to set up the massive stage Friday for the two-day Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The free event brought in around 14,000 people to enjoy the community-wide outreach program.

The Erie County Convention Center Authority was prepared for the large crowds with overflow seating to view the live program at the Warner Theatre.

The Authority also had the ability to show the live event at Jerry Uht Park if needed, but the Arena and Warner had enough seats.

The event finished up around 8:30pm Sunday night with crews tearing down the set and leaving town around 11:30pm Sunday.

Up next at the Arena is the Otters home opener on October 4 and Theresa Caputo on October 5.

ICYMI: GoErie Sits Down with ECCCA Executive Director Casey Wells

Casey Wells, the Executive Director of the Erie County Convention Center Authority, is an Erie native with decades of career experience that began at the Erie County Field House.

Sarah Stemen, GoErie reporter, sat down with Wells to talk to him about his career path — check out the link!


Crews Prepare for Thousands to Attend Rock the Lakes at Erie Insurance Arena

Erie Insurance Arena is set to play host to the Rock the Lakes Event coming to Erie through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on September 27th & 28th.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the stage setup as crews prepare for the two-day, free event that will feature Franklin Graham along with performances by TobyMac, Red, Flame, Lacey, Nate Feuerstein, Dennis Agajanian, and Tommy Coomes Band.

No tickets are required for this event and seating is first come, first serve.

Doors open Saturday at 4:30pm with the event scheduled from 6pm to 10pm.

On Sunday, doors open at 3:30pm with the event starting at 5pm through 9pm.

Improved Catering Lounge for Entertainers at Erie Insurance Arena


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A year after the doors at Erie Insurance Arena opened for the inaugural season, the Erie County Convention Center Authority prepares for the upcoming season with an improved catering lounge for all performing guests.

The facility, formerly known as The Tullio Arena, always had a catering space to take care of entertainment acts and their crews, but with the renovation, every detail mattered including the lounge.

Just in time for the upcoming Rock the Lakes event at the Arena that kick starts a busy season, the improved catering space will be ready for entertainers and their crews.

It can play host to around 100 people who are served breakfast, lunch and dinner on the days they’re performing.

The room is now furnished, featuring team logos and jerseys, including the Erie Bayhawks and Erie Otters, plus an inside view of the packed Arena for the Zac Brown Band concert last fall.

It’s an added amenity that gives performers another reason to come entertain at the first-class Erie Insurance Arena.

Connor McDavid Named Otters Captain

The Erie Otters have named Connor McDavid captain for the 2014-15 Ontario Hockey League season, with Cory Genovese, Dylan Strome and Joel Wigle serving as alternates.

“Connor was the leader on the team, who guys looked up to,” said Head Coach Kris Knoblauch. “He’s certainly very competitive, and a guy who wants to win and do the right thing. Obviously, he’ll have success personally but he also wants the team to succeed greatly.”

McDavid becomes the 10th full time captain in team history. He takes over the captain vacancy left by Connor Brown, who held the title for the last two years.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be named captain of this team,” McDavid said. “You look at some of the guys before me, (Connor Brown) and those guys, it’s something that is pretty special to me.”

McDavid, who is eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and the Erie Otters open their season Wednesday night in Saginaw against the Spirit at 7:11 p.m.