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My research shows the Alhambra reopening as a twin during the week of July 24, 1974. “The Groove Tube” was featured in one auditorium (Alhambra I) and “Jeremiah Johnson” in the other (Alhambra II). Prior to this, the last first run opening I have found is “Man on a Swing” during the week of March 6, 1974, so I am guessing that the construction for twinning took place during the spring and early summer of 1974.
ChasSmith – the Cinestage had “The Sound of Music” in August-September 1969.
The 1973 reissue of “This is Cinerama” did indeed play in Denver at the Cooper. It opened during the week of October 10-16, 1973 and played there for 5 weeks, according to my research from Variety, The Denver Post, and The Rocky Mountain News.
The picture above was taken during the 4th week that the Oak Village was open…July 17-23, 1963. The theater opened on June 26, 1963 with Walt Disney’s “The Miracle of the White Stallions”.
The Pittsburgh Aldine was an old Loew’s theater which later was renamed the Nixon. It was Pittsburgh’s home for stage productions on tour from Broadway as well as a number of roadshow films. “The Sound of Music” played there for over 2 years.
The last first-run film I can find for the Keith’s Theater is the Rock Hudson-Leslie Caron comedy “A Very Special Favor” which opened the week of August 18, 1965 and played for two weeks.
My family visited Rehoboth Beach August 12-15, 1964. I think the Beachwood was showing “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” with Debbie Reynolds and Harve Presnell. I wanted to see it but was told “we’d see it when it came to the local theater at home,”
The Strand Theater in Oakland closed during the week of June 28, 1978. The last movies there were “The Great Smokey Roadblock” and “Dixie Dynamite”.
Not sure yet when it closed earlier for a spell or for some years, but the Melrose advertises a “Grand Opening” (reopening?)on November 23, 1960 with “Hercules/Samson and Delilah/Ulysses” (triple-bill) in The Pittsburgh Press.
The big ad in The Pittsburgh Press on Sunday, July 3, 1960 for a first-run double bill of “The Last Days of Pompeii” and “The Boy and the Pirates” lists all of the theaters showing it. One of them is the Liberty Theater – South Side, so yes, Ed Blank, this theater was operating in 1960.
The last listing for films in The Pittsburgh Press is the week of April 11-17, 1962 with “The Minotaur.”
The Capitol sometimes advertised what was showing in the neighborhood listings in The Pittsburgh Press. The latest one that I could find was the week of October 26, 1966 – a double bill of “Marco the Magnificent” and “Tiko and the Shark” is listed…so the Capitol was still open then.
Does anyone know where I can find microfilms of old Braddock papers, if any exist? I tried the Braddock Carnegie Library, but they do not have them.
These theaters did not last very long. It looks like they closed sometime during the first week of September 1982. The last films to play there were “Midnight” and “The World According to Garp.” As Ed Blank noted above, the theaters were up the hill and off the main road. I know that the only film I ever saw there was “A Bridge Too Far” in 1977.
The Plaza was DARK for many years. It was reopened in December 1979 with “Roller Boogie.”
The Manos Theater in Jeannette suffered major damage in a fire on January 10, 1979, according to a front page article in The Jeannette News-Dispatch issue of January 11, 1979. At the time, the theater was showing “National Lampoon’s Animal House.”
The week of April 20-26, 1977 the Roxy had “The Town That Dreaded Sundown”, but did not play any films the next 9 weeks after that…perhaps that was the last film there.
My research shows “Mutiny on the Bounty” opening at the Blue Mouse the week of December 19-25,1962 and “Barabbas” opening the same week at the 5th Avenue.
I too only went there once, in 1976. There was a double-bill of UA films playing…“Drum” and “Breakheart Pass.” I only stayed to see Charles Bronson in “Breakheart Pass” since “Drum” was supposed to be one of the worst films of 1976.
This map is just a little bit off. The red marker is actually marking the location of the Brightwood Christian Church. It should be across Route 88 (Library Road)at the bottom of Lytle Road.
I only got to see a movie at this theater once. I went on a date with Nancey Epperson to see “A Brief Vacation,” an Italian film directed by Vittorio de Sica, starring Florinda Bolkan. It was rare that sub-titled foreign language films played in neighborhoods like this one as a second-run.
Good Luck on your restoration! I only got to go to the Parkway once,but I can still remember it. I got there early for the feature and I have a picture in my mind of a long hallway to get to the men’s room, which I needed to use badly after the bus ride and walk to get there. Oh, by the way…the movie was great…it was “The Wind and the Lion” with Sean Connery and Candice Bergen.
@csepe: It was “The Island at the Top of the World,” Disney’s Christmas picture for 1974.
Sad to hear this. I have this book and refer to it often.
The former Greater Pittsburgh International Airport had a movie theater inside it back in the 1960s for people who had time to kill between flights or just coming from the residential areas around it. It finally gave way to expansion by USAir.
Thanks for the info – what I’ve been doing is copying entire lists of films (not just single titles) from Excel and pasting them in.
I have not been counting “invitation-only charity premieres” such as those held for roadshow films, but the week that the regular paying-public got to get into the theater…I found a lot of these were on Tuesday evenings, which is why some of my
dates are a week later…and yes, I used Variety a lot, but I would subtract 6 days from the date on the city report.