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You will find the photo of me (mentioned in the above posting) duplicating my usher’s stance on the evening of 10/1/68 at the world premier of Night of the Living Dead at the (then) Fulton Theatre. It is in the photos section of of the Byham Theatre.
50 years ago tonight, I was sole usher working the balcony at the World Premiere of Night of the Living Dead at the Fulton Theatre. I was 17 years old at the time. I am now. I will do my best to locate the photo of me taken back in 2014 standing in a replica of my ushers outfit, standing in the exact same spot I did back on October 1, 1968.
The SW corner of Mellon Square Park-where the Davis Theatre once stood. The corner of Oliver Avenue & Wm. Penn Place in Pittsburgh, PA
Jeffrey, My mistake, that would be April 1979 for Dawn of the Dead at the Gateway
Jeffrey, Dawn of the Dead opened in April ‘78 at the Gateway Theatre.
The Davis Theatre opened February 15, 1915 with the Famous Davis Players in “Baby Mine”
Everybody should just “Enjoy the show!”
Your photos of the Warner interior are CLASSIC. You are so fortunate for having taken them. Thank you so much for the trip down memory lane.
J.W. Kastner-author “Where The Movies Played in Downtown Pittsburg(h)
The movie that was playing at the Wilby Theatre in “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” was “The Family Way” with Hayley Mills.
Hold on to the Loew’s Aldine program. It is really rare.
You are correct, it was 1961 and the premiere of EL CID was on Feb. 8, 1962. I loved that silver/blue curtain! You can read more about the former Fulton Theatre it in my recently published book: “Where The Movies Played In Downtown Pittsburg(h). I had my first
job there in 1968. James W. Kastner
Read about the original Liberty Theatre on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh (and see a drawing of what it once looked like)in my soon-to-be-published book WHERE THE MOVIES PLAYED IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURG(H) from RoseDog Books. The Liberty Theatre opened in 1913 and is today known as the Baum Building. After a short time as the Liberty, it became Harry Williams' Academy Burlesque and was converted to an office building in the late 1920’s. Over the years the basement played host to Lenny Litman’s Copa, Staircase Lounge and for decades, the famous dance club known as Pegasus. James Kastner-Murrysville, PA
csepe, What wonderful news to hear what Bank Cinema I & II have transitioned to. My only regret is that I just found this out and the info on Bank I&II in my soon-to-be-published book “Where The Movies Played In Downtown Pittsburg(h)” (from Rosedog Books) may not have the chance to be updated. However, thank you so much for sharing this info with us all and thank you for all the great things you do!
Ed, In my eyes you were the Master of the movie critics in Pittsburgh. You turned your reviews into an art that I learned from. You once did an article that told about every drive-in theatre that was in the Greater Pittsburgh area and what had replaced them. I unfortunately lost it when I moved from my family home on the North Side in the early 80’s. How wonderful it has been to rediscover you on this site and read your wonderful stories again!
Deadone, I have an original newspaper clipping of the “Invitation” to the world premiere of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD at the Fulton Theatre in 1968. I was the sole usher posted in the balcony that night and still recall George Romero addressing the audience from the stage of the Fulton. I could send you a scan of it. I have not been on the site for years, and I feel that Ron3853 and ChuckO have done a SUPERB job of listing movies that showed at the Fulton and Fulton Mini Theatres. In writing my book “Where The Movies Played In Downtown Pittsburg(h)”, I found this flip/flop of films booked into those two theatres to be the most nerve racking research that I did. An original drawing in my book has the George Romero Festival advertised on the marquee of the Fulton. I can send you a scan of the original photo that I took. I was so excited to read all the info posted on the Fulton and Fulton Mini. My book is in the final stages of publication this month and will be available through RoseDog Books. In it I tell the whole story myself, then 17 years old, and the night I ushered at the living dead!