North by Northwest: Art Deco Oil City


Nestled amongst low hills and quiet forests, astride the gentle bends of Oil Creek and the Allegheny River, sits Oil City, Venango County. Smaller now, and more careworn than in its heyday, Oil City’s arching bridges and curvaceous Queen Anne homes lend themselves to the town’s air of a storied past. Standing in contrast to the predominately Victorian grandeur, however, is the bold and beautiful Latonia Theater. An Art Deco delight unparalleled in the region, the Latonia is a striking example of one community’s vision of renewal spanning the last century.

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