West Erie Plaza Cinemas

800 W. Erie Plaza,
Erie, PA 16505

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Previously operated by: Dipson Circuit

Previous Names: Dipson's Plaza Cinema

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West Erie Plaza Cinemas

Opened in 1950 as Dipson’s Plaza Cinema, with a seating capacity of around 1,000. It is located at West 8th Street at Pittsburgh Avenue, and is part of the West Erie Mall.

It was converted into a four-screen cinema in 1980. 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 12 comments)

Patsy on August 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Rob T: Do you have a contact number for the last theatre operator, Mark Comi?

Patsy on August 17, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Chuck: Thanks so much for the information. I have sent an email and do hope to hear from someone.

CSWalczak on January 30, 2011 at 5:23 am

There is a possibility that this theater might reopen as a brew-and-view: View link

Patsy on January 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm

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

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Are any movie theaters open in or near Erie?

Patsy on March 3, 2011 at 8:44 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 9:23 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 11:10 pm

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

Charlie_Brown1 on August 9, 2013 at 6:35 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 6:19 am

Only the fountation/floor remains now.

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