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The theatre seated 2,000 and was rated one of the finest between New York and Chicago. It consistently attracted some of the best "shows" in the nation and many of the period's most successful plays originated at the Ceramic Theatre. The interior of the $150,000 building was elegant and the "acoustics were perfect." (Hills and Kilns, William C. Gates, Jr., East Liverpool Historical Society, East Liverpool, Ohio, p. 245.)

Reaction of the audience at the Ceramic Theater when the men, Paeislene Models, paraded for BPW style Show (1947).

A ELHS Potter Football pep rally in fall of the 1951-52 school year.

In later years, it was converted to a movie theatre. It was razed in 1961 for a forty-space parking lot.

A rare view of the Eastern side of the Ceramic Interior.




Opened as the McKinley Theater in 1914. Within a year the name was changed to the Strand Theater. In the late-1920's the name was changed to the State Theater. The State Theater closed around 1970.

The ghostly image of the former State Theater Stage area. There is an original pf this picture and we hope to be able to scan it. In the meantime the ghost of it is kind of nice as well.

A ELHS Potters football pep rally in the early 1960s.

A ELHS Potters football pep rally in the early 1960s.




Westgate Elementary -Jr. High School opened for classes in September 1956.

Welcome to the Westgate Auditorium.

Neatly tucked away on this side of the backstage is the electrical panels for lighthign etc.

Looking at the other sie of the backstage we have this view.

Our understanding is, after the fact, that the stairway up there leads to a hallway that takes you to the projection both, etc, at the back of the auditorium. Had we known that at the time we would have checked that out.

Looking directly up from the stage we see this.

The impressive and beautiful auditorium from the stage.

Diffeent but very similar view.

Possibly the best view of the Projection booths, etc openings.

Continue on to AUDITORIUMS 3


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