Eastland Mall Theatre

833 East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard,
North Versailles, PA 15137

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Eastland Mall Theatre

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If you think it’s odd that the Loews North Versailles would close after just 1 ½ years of operatation, then you might be interested in this forgotten theatre which occupied the Eastland Mall.

I have little information on this theatre. I only found out about it when I discovered a photograph of it from the www.deadmalls.com site. From the photos, it appears to have been a rather non-descript affair, tucked into a corner of the parking lot. The Eastland Mall opened August 15, 1963, and the theatre opened in late-1964.

The Eastland Mall itself did not survive the competition from Century 3 and Monroeville Malls. It was closed August 1, 1993. The mall was demolished in 2005. However, from the Deadmalls website, it looks like the theatre has been languishing for many years.

I have no closure date for this theatre, so any information would be greatly appreciated.

Contributed by Paul Fortini

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

neurodistortion
neurodistortion on July 21, 2010 at 2:00 am

As of July 2010, the former mall site remains empty. Also, the Benderson website no longer has Eastland listed on its portfolio, so I’m going to assume that they are no longer connected to the site.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 21, 2010 at 2:53 am

Re: The J. Evans Miller Collection of Cinerama Theater Plans: the collection includes plans for a number of theaters that were designed but never built; it is one of the interesting things about that collection because it reveals some aspects of Cinerama history that otherwise would not be known. For example, there are plans for the Vogue Theater in Cleveland (which would have been a conversion) but what actually happened was that Stanley-Warner decided not to convert the Vogue but build a new, purpose-built Cinerama house, which was built and called the Great Northern. I would bet that though the plans were drawn up to build the Eastland for Cinerama, they were not executed. Roland Lataille’s list of Cinerama theaters, which I have found to be very accurate, does not list the Eastland, so it is highly unlikely that it ever advertised any film shown there as being “in Cinerama,” though it might have shown a 70mm print of some the single strip titles.

popejohn0
popejohn0 on April 6, 2011 at 11:09 am

I still live a few miles from the formaer Eastland Mall/Theater. As a kid, friends and I would walk to the mall to shoplift Playboy Magazines from the Thrift Drug Store. Also to see movies. First saw “Goldfinger” and “Fantastic Voyage” there (Raquel Welch still looks ‘Fantastic’).
My mother drove me, in our new 1968 Ford Country Squire station wagon, to see “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Becca
Becca on April 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I have some exterior shots (also of the mall) I took of the theater back in 2004 before it was demolished. Last year, my husband and I revisited the site and walked around. You’ll never believe what I found—a lonely little mosaic bathroom tile from the theater!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzyproductions/

SusanD
SusanD on June 2, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I got a chance to view some of the photos on Flickr. Great shots.

Oh and I hate, hate, hate the new Cinema Treasures format. The old one was much faster and much easier!

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on February 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

The Eastland was actually located on McKeesport Blvd (now East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd.) just off U.S. 30. The last listing I found for this theater in the Pittsburgh paper was August 5, 1993, although I have no further confirmation on this as yet.

edblank
edblank on February 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm

The theater was thriving and in excellent condition when Ross Falvo was manager back in the day. I’ll ask if he he remembers when the theater closed, although he was not there by then.

edblank
edblank on February 22, 2016 at 11:09 am

According to Ross Falvo, a former manager of Eastland Mall’s theater, it closed Aug. 1, 1993.

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