THS to open a Pop-Up Nickelodeon in Downtown Pittsburgh

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on November 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm


Imagine going to the movies for a nickel…

Come see a movie in Downtown Pittsburgh during the 2017 Holiday Season for only 5 CENTS! Theatre Historical Society of America opens a Pop-Up Movie Theatre to the public for a limited time, November 17th through December 31st, 2017.

Did you know that Pittsburgh became the birthplace of the commercial cinema industry by opening a nickelodeon in 1905?   To celebrate the holidays, Theatre Historical Society of America will open a Pop-Up Nickelodeon beginning Light Up Night on November 17 from 5PM-9PM!    “We’re calling it a ‘Pop-up Nickelodeon,’ but essentially, that’s what it was in 1905,” says THS Executive Director Richard Fosbrink “It’s a storefront, exactly what Nickelodeons were. It was an idea: ‘Let’s just charge people to see movies.’ They never thought it would last.”   Pop in to see one of our selected films and see our special achieve presentation at: 

  811 Liberty Avenue. Opening night: Light Up Night on 11/17 from 5PM-9PM   11/18 – 12/31  Closed Mondays Tues-Sun Noon-7PM   Closing night: First Night on 12/31 from 6PM-11PM  

The Sponsors:  The Nickelodeon, a collaboration with these wonderful sponsors, is one of their first major outreach events, to raise the local visibility of THS. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Port Authority of Allegheny County Showclix Pittsburgh Stage

The Exhibit:  The exhibit will cover Pittsburgh’s essential role in cinematic history, and the first Nickelodeon, which was on Smithfield Street. The Nickelodeon will screen classic films from the Nickelodeon era, including Edwin S. Porte’s “The Great Train Robbery” and Georges Melies'  "A Trip to the Moon,” as well as short films introducing the Theatre Historical Society of America and their mission.


Comments (3)

Trolleyguy on November 8, 2017 at 6:48 am

I hope it’s successful. This is a concept that could catch on in other cities.

MPol on November 17, 2017 at 5:33 am

I agree, Trolleyguy! That would be so cool! It sounds like would be a good way to bring a lot of the great, golden-oldie-but-keeper classic movies back into the movie theatres, generally, to boot!

mathurao on December 6, 2017 at 11:21 pm

Another nice post, Michael. Thanks. The Pop Up Nickelodeon began to take shape in a conversation between Mr. Fosbrink and the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership’s Jeremy Waldrup, who thought it would be a good idea for the holiday season and got the Trust involved to provide a space.

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