It was designed by the famous Rapp & Rapp Company of Chicago, the theatre opened in 1931. Construction costs then were an unbelievable $1.5 million. It is furnished and decorated in the art deco style, the elegant theatre has gold and silver leaf, gold-backed French mirrors and crushed velour. The timeless and historic theatre has been expanded and restored.
It is home to the Erie Philharmonic, Lake Erie Ballet and the Erie BROADWAY Series. It also hosts a wide range of lectures, entertainment shows, weddings and receptions. The theatre hosts more than 150 events per year.