Coyle Theater

311 McKean Avenue,
Charleroi, PA 15022

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It was a quaint little theater where you went in the Monongahela valley to see a movie if you didn’t feel like driving 25 miles to the nearest larger theaters in Greensburg, Uniontown or West Mifflin.

There is currently a crusade underway to help restore the theater by the Mid Mon Valley Cultural Trust. First they must raise $65,000 to own the building and then anticipate a cost of at least $2 million to restore it. They would like to have live shows and movies take place there as well as have a community cultural center.

Contributed by Keri Zipay

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JBG319
JBG319 on March 15, 2006 at 8:18 am

I have many great memories of the Coyle from my high school days at Mon Valley Catholic. It was great when they reopened the balcony in the late 1980’s. How can I get involved with the group that’s trying to restore it?

w3syt
w3syt on May 14, 2006 at 10:23 pm

This architect Victor Rigaumont is the same person as Victor A.Rigaumont. The Coyle should be moved to the Victor A. list.

DBrigode
DBrigode on February 27, 2007 at 8:09 pm

I am excited to see some work being done on the Coyle. It makes my heart feel good. It was such a grand place and in todays day and age, we need places like the Coyle to bring back the excitement of cinema and its classic elegance. I prefer to go to a place like the Coyle where each thing you do contributes to the experience unlike the other theatres of today.

jatfly
jatfly on February 28, 2007 at 3:52 am

It appears that work to restore the theater has begun, The Mon Valley Cultural Trust bought the theater in October 2002 they plan on having movies as well as live theater.
The trust agreed to pay all back taxes & $25,000 for the Coyle.

The trust comprises members from Belle Vernon, Charleroi, Monessen and Monongahela.

The Coyle Theater opened in 1895. It originally hosted vaudeville shows and then “talkies.”

Closed in May 1999, the last major movie shown at the theater was the greatest grossing film of all time – “Titanic.”

w3syt
w3syt on September 2, 2009 at 5:41 pm

The COYLE and STATE were both managed by Lou Gadetti until the first (1981) closing. I talked to him shortly before his death. I was asking if he knew anything about the Charleroi STAR, LYRIC, or STRAND. He thought the STAR was on Washington. I know one of them was in the extant building at the alley between McKean and Fallowfield on 5th. It is triple wide, now three separate storerooms. My comment above on COYLE air conditioning should read 1937.

billie1976
billie1976 on October 13, 2010 at 9:13 am

I am interested in learning more about the Mid-Mon Valley Cultural Trust but am having difficulty finding contact information, etc. If anyone can direct me, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

a19989
a19989 on January 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm

we must get a movie thater back to the mid mon valley
now

a19989
a19989 on January 17, 2012 at 7:04 am

WE in mid mon valley has lost so much that it for great to have a movie theatre in the valley would great thing for are young people

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

The Coyle Theatre was listed in various editions of Julius Cahn’s guide from the 1890s through the 1910s as a second floor house. The alterations in the 1920s must have been virtually a complete rebuilding to turn it into a modern movie theater.

The house apparently underwent additional alterations in 1934. An item in the April 8 issue of The Film Daily said, under the heading “Coyle Theater Enlarged” that “R. S. Coyle’s theater here is now called the New Coyle, with seating capacity increased to 999.”

Robert Coyle was still operating the house at least as late as 1945, when the July 16 issue of Motion Picture Daily mentioned him as the “…oldest Paramount exhibitor in this territory.”

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