Cheswick Theatre

1500 Pittsburgh Street,
Cheswick, PA 15024

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

kathy228 on July 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm


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.

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.

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.

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 on December 14, 2009 at 11:21 am

Any news on this place?

SusanD on November 10, 2009 at 8:32 am

It’s a shame this place closed. Pittsburgh is losing its independent, locally-owned cinemas.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

The November 5, 1949, issue of Boxoffice magazine devoted a page to the Cheswick Theatre. Owner-operator Joseph F. Mulone had done most of the labor of building the original Cheswick Theatre himself, because his financial backer had pulled out of the deal after construction had begun. It took Mulone three years of work to complete this fairly large house, which opened with 722 seats.

SusanD on July 16, 2008 at 11:11 am

I’ve been here a couple of times. It’s kind of a piecemeal theatre in that the screens were added over the years. But it’s kinda nice to see a flick here.

edblank on June 6, 2008 at 9:00 pm

After growing to six screens – four stadium auditoriums in the original 1948 structure and two on the opposite side of Pittsburgh Street, the two that were off by themselves closed a year or more ago.

Although it outlasted the nearby six-screen Harmar indoor, the Cheswick faces competition now from the still-newish Cinemark 18 Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills or whatever the unwieldy correct name is.