Cheswick Theatre

1500 Pittsburgh Street,
Cheswick, PA 15024

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Cheswick Theatre

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Opened as a single screen, 722 seat theatre in 1948. In 1966 a second screen was added and it became the first twinned theater in the city of Pittsburgh. In 1976 two more screens were added in a separate building across the street. In 1998 the original theater was split into three screens and stadium seating was added.

It existed as a fourplex with stadium seating and the twin (across the street) with traditional seating which was later closed and converted into a hardware store. The remaining screens in the original building played first-run films and the occasional art film. It was closed on November 5, 2009. Demolished in March 2012.

Contributed by Rob Stanek

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Beansie
Beansie on January 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

We are the owners of Apollo Theatre of St. Marys, in Elk County, Pa. In December 2008, we became introduced to Nick Mulone, and the Cheswick Theatre and through a friendly business handshake removed all the furnishings from the twinned theatre along Pittsburgh Street. Through the generosity of Nick Mulone we were able to completely renovate our twinned 1928 opera house theatre. We are very saddened to learn of the fate of his other 4-plex theatre. This was a classy, clean, family-friendly, and very economically priced theatre. It is too bad when a new multi-plex can come into the area and patrons loose sight of the theatres that have been in existance for decades, and have given generations of families entertainnment. Our hearts go out to Nick Mulone and all of the struggles he endured in having to make the decision to close his remaining theatre.

SusanD
SusanD on February 18, 2010 at 11:13 am

Well said, Beansie. I like multi-plexes but you echoed my sentiments. I think there should be room for the small operator too.

SusanD
SusanD on March 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm

The address should be Cheswick, PA 15024. Cheswick doesn’t use the Pittsburgh Zipcodes like Penn Hills, Greentree, and Dormont do.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2010 at 5:35 am

Victor A. Rigaumont was the architect of the Cheswick Theatre. His copyright of the plans for the project was noted in a 1946 Catalog of Copyright Entries from the Library of Congress.

kathy228
kathy228 on July 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY PICTURES FROM THE 60’S WHEN THE CHESWICK THEATER WAS A ONE SCREEN THEATER?

71dude
71dude on March 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Anybody have pictures from the 70’s and 80’s?

dragonrider_cody
dragonrider_cody on May 22, 2012 at 3:23 am

To Beansie, I think you would be happy to know that while Cheswick has closed, the Mulones still own South Pike Cinemas in Sarver. Since the opening of Cinemark a few years ago, it’s attendance has dropped, but it still pulls considerable audiences on the weekends.

I have many fond memories of the Cheswick. It was the first theater in Pittsburgh to have stadium seating and it was always a special great when you got to watch a movie there. I wish I had known about its closing ahead of time, as I would have scheduled off work to be there for the final showing.

dragonrider_cody
dragonrider_cody on May 22, 2012 at 3:27 am

And as a little update, the theater was torn down on March 12th to make way for a new Sheetz (a regional convenience store chain.). I teared up a bit when I saw pictures of the demolition.

71dude
71dude on June 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

“E.T.” played for 27 straight weeks here in 1982, which may be a house record.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

Described in this 1949 trade article: boxofficemagazine

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