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Food for Thought: Historic Theaters (November 9)



This series of book discussions will center around the literary element of place. We meet at 5:30pm on the 2nd Thursday at the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., in the 2nd floor meeting room. Haven't read the book yet? No worries.


Our November title is Historic Theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley by Sean Posey. This book is available at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, the Tyler History Center, the YSU Barnes & Noble, and POP! Arts, Book, Culture via Bookshop.


"Historic Theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley traces the evolution of modern cinema through the rich local history of the Mahoning Valley. From the days of the gaslit opera houses through the era of the drive-in, the Mahoning Valley's theatrical culture has thrived. The finest theaters in northeastern Ohio rose with the manufacturing might of the Steel Valley. The Warner brothers, who started their careers in Youngstown, opened their first theater in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and celebrities from Katharine Hepburn to Red Skelton graced local stages. The finest vaudevillians and the lovely ladies of burlesque were always a ticket away. Take a trip back to the Park Burlesque and the opulent Palace Theater and revisit the theater culture of Warren and Trumbull County. Author Sean T. Posey traces the evolution of modern cinema through the rich local history of the Mahoning Valley.”


Upcoming books in this series: December (essays) Ohio Apertures by Robert Miltner January (short stories) The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans February (creative nonfiction) Just Us by Claudia Rankine March (short stories) What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg April (memoir) 50 Miles by Sheryl St. Germain May (novel) Ohio by Stephen Markley

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