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Latonia Theater

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1928, Marks and Kann. 1 E. 1st St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The Latonia Theater has a colorful facade of cream-colored terra-cotta tile with green and white Mayan ornament at the cornice. Two towers crowned with geometric ornament frame the entrance canopy. The interior has been altered with the installation of a floor at balcony level to create two stories. The upper story is now an elegant ballroom with a close-up view of the elaborate chandelier, with its scalloped ceiling medallion, masks of drama over the doorways, and gargoyles. The theater's name is a simplified version of the neighborhood's original name, Laytonia.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Latonia Theater", [Oil City, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 531-531.

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