West Erie Plaza Cinemas

800 W. Erie Plaza,
Erie, PA 16505

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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Cinema World, Cinemette Corporation of America, Dipson Circuit

Previous Names: Dipson's Plaza Cinema, Cinema World I, II, III, IV

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West Erie Plaza Cinemas

Opened on December 15, 1950 as Dipson’s Plaza Cinema, with a seating capacity of around 1,000. The opening movie was “I’ll Get By” starring June Haver. It is located at W. 8th Street at Pittsburgh Avenue, and is part of the West Erie Mall.

It was converted into a four-screen cinema on December 25, 1981. The West Erie Plaza Cinemas closed as a first-run movie theatre on December 23, 2008. Demolition began in November 2015.

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Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

Patsy on January 30, 2011 at 8:12 am

That would be great as it has set unused for quite some time.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Are any movie theaters open in or near Erie?

Patsy on March 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I don’t know of any old movie theaters in Erie still open though there have been many over the years. The Warner isn’t a movie theater, but thank goodness Erie didn’t demolish it as it is the jewel of downtown, imo. There is an original theater in Wellsville and in Brockport NY. A more complete CT search will help you locate others.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Two views of the auditorium of the Dipson Plaza Theatre were featured in an ad for the American Seating Company in the December 8, 1951, issue of Boxoffice

Patsy on April 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Joe: Great post! American Seating Company provided seats for many theatres including my hometown theatre!

Charlie_Brown1 on August 9, 2013 at 12:35 am

I think next to the Warner in downtown Erie this was the best movie palace. I just loved the seats. This theater ran first run movies. I didn’t see it after they converted to a movie plex. I am glad because I want to remember it as it was.

davidcoppock on June 2, 2018 at 12:19 am

Only the fountation/floor remains now.

matthewthecinemaguy on March 20, 2022 at 1:01 pm

List of Owners I found at the local library about this theater. This theater used to go by the name Cinema World I, II, III, IV. 1950-1969 Dipson Circuit 1975-1988 Cinemette Corporation of America 1988-1994 Cinema World 1994-1998 Carmike Cinemas The theater closed down in 2008 and was demolished in 2015.

rivest266 on June 12, 2023 at 10:37 am

Tmatthewthecinemaguy, this was never the Cinema world.

rivest266 on June 12, 2023 at 10:39 am

The Dipson’s Plaza theatre opened on December 15th, 1950 featuring free parking, TV lounge, Push-back seats etc. It reopened with 4 smaller screens on December 25th, 1981. 1950 grand opening ad posted.

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