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Reconstructing the Warner Bros. first permanent theatre - a nickelodeon called The Cascade - as a permanent exhibit in our facility!
***VIDEO PENDING*** In 1907, the Warner Brothers opened their first permanent theatre - a nickelodeon called "The Cascade" that primarily served the working class movie-going public of New Castle, Pennsylvania. They went on to open two more theatres, including a twenty five cent screening room for the gentry. From there, we all know the story. They went on to become one of the most internationally recognized names in film distribution. More than a century later, a non-profit organization called the Warner Film Center is in the process of redeveloping the original location to honor the Warners' legacy and the legacy of film in New Castle.
While we are seeking other sources of funding for the museum itself, its important to us that the New Castle community and the movie-loving community the world over support the recreation of the original nickelodeon exhibit. The nickelodeon will be recreated to be as close to the original as possible, down to the films shown, though modern safety code necessitates there will be fewer seats. We are asking for $23,128, which is the population of our city.
In 1907 the four Warner Brothers, Sam, Albert, Harry and Jack, opened their first theatre, the Cascade Picture Palace/Theatre, in the then thriving city of New Castle, PA. This was the inaugural step on a path that would eventually lead to a theatre film distribution and motion picture production empire. Our 501 c3 nonprofit corporation, established over a decade ago, and this website is dedicated to the history of this empire and the community "Where it all began". Welcome and please return often. Better yet, become a member and join our effort to rebuild the Cascade Theatre and Museum!
In 1903 the young Warner Brothers traveled from town to town showing the first true motion picture feature, The Great Train Robbery,. They showed their film in tents, funeral homes and empty store rooms with borrowed chairs. They would turn the crank of their primitive projector while humming "Yankee Doodle Dandy," the same song early cameramen used to maintain an even cranking speed. The brothers soon discovered that the best audiences were in New Castle, PA.
The Warner Cascade Theatre, The Warner Picture Palace Theatre and The Warner Film Center at the Cascade Theatre, Inc. is an independent tribute and re-creation of the Warner Brothers' first motion picture theatre, a recognized historic site located in New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, USA. It is not sponsored, affiliated or otherwise associated with Warner Brothers Studios or it's affiliates, Los Angeles, California.