Historic Theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley

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Arcadia Publishing, Aug 21, 2017 - Performing Arts - 160 pages

Historic Theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley traces the evolution of modern cinema through the rich local history of the Mahoning Valley.


From the days of the gaslit opera houses through the era of the drive-in, the Mahoning Valley's theatrical culture has thrived. The finest theaters in northeastern Ohio rose with the manufacturing might of the Steel Valley. The Warner brothers, who started their careers in Youngstown, opened their first theater in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and celebrities from Katharine Hepburn to Red Skelton graced local stages. The finest vaudevillians and the lovely ladies of burlesque were always a ticket away. Take a trip back to the Park Burlesque and the opulent Palace Theater and revisit the theater culture of Warren and Trumbull County. Author Sean T. Posey traces the evolution of modern cinema through the rich local history of the Mahoning Valley.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
THE BIRTH OF LOCAL THEATER
15
The Warner Brothers in the Valley
26
A BAWDY BURLESQUE TOWN
39
NEIGHBORHOOD THEATERS IN THE VALLEY
55
Girard and Hubbard
68
WARREN AND THE ROBINS LEGACY
81
THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE DOWNTOWN MOVIE PALACES
93
Palace Theater
107
Warner Theater
116
A NEW FRONTIER
127
Notes
141
About the Author
157
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About the author (2017)

Sean T. Posey is a freelance writer, photographer and historian. He holds a bachelor's degree in photojournalism from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a master's degree in history from Youngstown State University. His work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Citylab, Salon and Bill Moyers and Company, as well as in the books Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology and the Pittsburgh Anthology, both by Belt Publishing. The History Press released Sean's first book, Lost Youngstown, in 2016.