Garden Theatre

12 W. North Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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raubre on April 15, 2007 at 1:58 am

Great picture Patsy!

bobs on April 14, 2007 at 4:52 pm

Any info on the 3/23 Hillgreen-Lane organ Opus 578? Is it still there or has it been sold?

Patsy on April 14, 2007 at 3:11 pm

View link

This site shows a postcard photo of this building. I can’t believe it was demolished since it had a theatre and the new one doesn’t have one.

raubre on April 14, 2007 at 2:54 pm

I wish I could tell you more about the Syria Mosque’s history (can’t find anything, so I’ll have to go by memory)

Formerly located in Oakland, the University of Pittsburgh bought the Syria Mosque and demolished it to make way for a parking lot (sad, I know). The shriners built a new Mosque in Cheswick, but does not handle concerts.

The Mosque had a main theater for concerts (I seen Great White there) and a ballroom downstairs (saw Don Dokken and Trixter there.)

The building was demolihed in 1991.

Wish I had more info.

The Pittsburgh Symphony currently performs at Heinz Hall.

Patsy on April 14, 2007 at 1:30 pm

Rick: Tell us more about the Syria Mosque and where does one go in Pittsburgh to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony?

raubre on April 14, 2007 at 11:33 am

I’d love to see it as a mid size concert venue. Since the Syria Mosque closed in the early 90s Pittsburgh concerts have not been the same.

Patsy on April 14, 2007 at 7:45 am

And yes, is the organ still there?

Patsy on April 14, 2007 at 7:39 am

Interesting story and glad to hear that this theatre is no longer showing porn movies….“X no longer marks the spot”! I hope the City of Pittsburgh and others restore this theatre’s original beauty AND reputation!

raubre on April 11, 2007 at 12:04 pm

Here is an article in today’s Post Gazette regarding the future of the Garden.

Jengle on March 29, 2007 at 9:18 am

Here is the latest the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopement Authority is accepting RFPs on the redevelopement fo the theater. Here is a pdf link that includes a picture.

raubre on March 23, 2007 at 5:08 pm

A friend informed me that the Garden has shut its doors.

raubre on February 24, 2007 at 6:29 am

Has anyone heard if the theater is going to stay and be renovated? Hopefully so. Pittsburgh needs a decent concert hall.

Hopefully the New Granada and King’s Court are next (maybe the Parkway in Stowe Twp. as well)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 17, 2007 at 4:35 pm

This is a Feb 16, 2007 story about the Garden Theater being sold. In case the link expires, I’ll post the text portion here.

“Legal Battle Over Garden Theatre Apparently Over

(KDKA) PITTSBURGH A legal battle over an adult theater that blocked development in a North Side neighborhood appears to be over.

The city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority settled with the owners of the Garden Theatre for $1.1 million

The settlement comes more than a month after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the URA was not infringing on the theater’s First Amendment rights.

Last month, city and state leaders called for proposals to redevelop the Federal North area".

bobs on January 5, 2007 at 12:13 pm

My only fear is that PURA may demolish this beautiful building. Does anyone know if the pipe organ is still there?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 4, 2007 at 3:45 pm

According to this December 28, 2006 article, the X-Rated Garden Theater might become an opera house or other cultural venue.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 3, 2006 at 6:14 pm

That night view that Lost posted on Aug 20th is quite spectacular as well. What a remarkably well preserved neon-lit marquee and display!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 3, 2006 at 2:25 pm

Another recent photo of the Garden theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 20, 2006 at 12:30 pm

This is another recent night view of the Garden Theater.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 11, 2006 at 11:00 am

Rick… check my post from Mar 10th about the owner. He also has a porn theater in Newark, NJ and Jackson Heights, NY.

raubre on June 10, 2006 at 2:23 am

A girl I work with, who lives in the neighborhood tells me someone from New York owns the theater and will not sell it. He apparently is insistent on keeping it a porn theater. I’m just not sure how he can make a profit from it, but apparently he is. The whole block is kinda run down. I think they need to fix up that entire block and try to clean the theater up.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 26, 2006 at 5:39 am

Here is a recent night view of the Garden theater.

raubre on April 22, 2006 at 9:57 am

The theater is still open. very, dark and seedy inside. That is all I’ll say. ;)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 10, 2006 at 2:30 pm

Ross posted an article in today’s Newsreel on the CT home page that involves this theater. Apparently, the owner (George Androtsakis) is the same person who owns the Montauk Theater in Newark, NJ, which is facing a similar situation due to the City’s desire to build a grade school on the adjacent block. Androtsakis also owns the Fair Theater in Jackson Heights, NY, a former nabe that has been running porn for decades with little or no controversy.

Here is a link to the article on the Montauk.