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Plymouth Tavern History

    Can you feel the ghosts? Do you hear the laughter? You're on
Old State Street in the late 1800's. Vehicles of the day are the trolley,
the buggy, and the bicycle. "Entertainment Row", as the 1100 block of
State Street was called, is vibrant and bustling. People shop at the grocery,
pick up a potion at the medicine store, congregate at clubs, and watch
a show at one of the nickelodeon theatres of the day.

The three buildings that are now the Plymouth Tavern have a
long and colorful history. In the late 1800's, our middle building housed
the Erie Cut Rate Medicine Store, and the north building was occupied
by the Public Grocery and Supply Co. In the years following, the second
and third floors of these buildings were home to several clubs, some
of which included the Picwick Club, Erie Legion Club, Marquette Club,
Knights of Columbus, and the Foundry Foreman's Hall.

    The 1900's saw the arrival of the Princess Theatre and the Grand
Theatre in our middle and south buildings respectively. For decades
these nickelodeons were a source of entertainment and amusement for
the people of Erie. In 1935, the building was sold to the Eckerd's,
and for the next 30 years Eckerd Drugs was headquartered on this
site. From 1965 to 1973 Tom Quinn Fixtures supplied first-class
mahogany coolers to many taverns and clubs. Both of our bars are
his work.

    For over 100 years people have gathered here to relax, converse,
and be entertained. In 1973, we became part of this tradition.
Welcome to the Plymouth!

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