What’s the Latest at the Warner?

by Barry Copple, Operations Manager

Hello, Erie!

Another year has come and gone, and what a winter we had! Typically, we don’t do very many concerts in the summer, so there’s not a lot to report on the concert scene at this time. However, that doesn’t mean we aren’t busy here at the Theatre. The month of June is extremely busy with our local dance companies such as Little’s, Long’s, Marguerite’s, and Spotlight Dance Studios. With graduations, wedding receptions, dance rehearsals and load-in days all happening as well, June generates 19 event days. Busy, busy!

Something new to the Theatre this past year was the addition of sippy cups. I know what you’re thinking — sippy cups? — but hear me out. While we don’t allow food or drinks in our auditorium, you can purchase the Warner Theatre cup for $3. After purchase, you can bring it to the Theatre for most shows and refill it for the cost of the drink only. You’ll be able to use it again and again for just the cost of the drink. Not bad! This has been a great success for us and for our patrons, making it more convenient for all involved. Next time you’re here, ask one of our servers about it.

Before I go, I’ll leave you with a little history lesson about the Warner Theatre. It was built by the Warner Brothers (yes, THOSE Warner Brothers) and opened in April 1931 at a cost of $1.5 million. Other than a few weeks during ownership changes, the Theatre has been in constant operation. I have had the privilege of giving tours of our Theatre to many artists and their staff from around the world, and I get the same response over and over: “This is one of the most beautiful theatres I have ever seen.” That means a lot not just to me, but to this community. Erie, we have our problems, sure, but there is so much to be proud of. I consider it an honor and love being the caretaker of this magnificent treasure.

So get up and go, Erie! Have a great summer.

We’ll talk again. Until next time!



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