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The Warner Theatre was acquired by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1976, which converted it into a performing arts center. In the early 1990s, The Warner Theatre Preservation Trust concentrated on restoring the theatre with the help of $13.5 million in funds provided by local, county, and state sources. Recent improvements include a new roof, elevator, lobby, entrance, seating, repair of interior and exterior decorations — with additional amenities to come.

Today, the Warner Theatre seats 2,250 people. It hosts the Erie Philharmonic, the Lake Erie Ballet, and the Erie BROADWAY Series, as well as numerous national artists and touring shows.

The Erie Insurance Arena, named after the Erie Insurance Group, is a multi-functional indoor arena built in 1983 that recently underwent a $47 million re-investment. With over 9,000 seats, it is the largest indoor venue in northwestern Pennsylvania. It is home to various local sports teams as well as accommodating national touring events such as Disney on Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

“Patrons today expect top-notch entertainment options,” says John “Casey” Wells, ECCCA Executive Director. “Our venues provide just that as they help stimulate the revitalization of Erie’s downtown area and make Erie a better place to live, work and play.”

 
 
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