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Latonia Theater (Official)
Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
Firms: Marks & Carr
Styles: Art Deco
The Latonia Theater was opened on March 4, 1929 at the cost of half a million dollars. Seating was provided for 1,520 with 960 in the orchestra, 500 in the balcony and 60 in the loge. It was independently operated until 1942 when it was taken over by Warner Brothers Circuit Management Corp. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 3 manual 8 ranks organ. The last movie shown at the Latonia Theater was in 1969.
There was interest in using the theater as a live performance showcase, but that was ultimately unsuccessful. The theater was converted into a furniture showroom in 1972. The Wurlitzer organ has been removed from the building in 1988 and has been installed in the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry, Oil City, where it is used for occasional concerts.
In 2007, renovation work was carried out on the upper section to convert the Latonia Theatre into a ballroom/conference center.
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