Harry M. Warner Film Institute

Welcome to the Home Page of the Harry M. Warner Film Institute, housed at Slippery Rock University.  The Institute was started in September 2003, and named after Harry M. Warner of the world famous Warner Brothers.  Harry, along with his three younger brothers, opened the first Warner Theatre in nearby New Castle, PA in 1907.  In recognition of their achievement and what has come to be known world-wide as Warner Bros., we founded this Institute in his memory.

The five pictures you will notice to the left are worthy of explanation. The first is a picture of Harry M. Warner himself, borrowed from a book written by his granddaughter, Cass Warner, entitled Hollywood Be Thy Name. The second of an old-fashion marquee much as it appeared in the 1930-40s when the Warner Bros. history in the film industry, third, and fourth pictures are recent takes of the Cascade Center at the Riverplex located in New Castle, PA.  These two picture are included because the Cascade Center is the home of the first Warner Theater, which is currently undergoing renovation/restoration.  The fifth, also borrowed from Hollywood Be Thy Name, is of the original Warner theater, which was at that time was called the Cascade Nickelodeon.  Feel free to click on any of the four pictures to see a larger version of that picture. The pictures will be displayed in a new window, so to return to this page, all you will need to do is close the picture's window.

The Harry M. Warner Film Institute recently held its first festival of short film and video in the spring of 2005, in celebration of the re-opening of the historic Warner theater.  It was held on the campus of Slippery Rock University, at the Lawrence County Historical Society, and at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, PA.  

Currently, the Institute is preparing its second annual festival of short film and video. To date, one-hundred fifty films have been submitted to the festivalís screening committee. The committee is currently reviewing the films and selecting the ones that would be best for viewing at our festival, April 20-21, 2006. With such a large turn-out of submissions, the festival should be fantastic!

Feel free to browse around the site to learn more about who we are, what we stand for, and how you can get involved with us!