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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2009 at 9:19 am

Here is a recent photo.

w3syt
w3syt on September 2, 2009 at 3:41 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 10, 2009 at 10:16 am

This is a nice close-up shot from 2008.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm

A 2009 photo can be seen here.

billie1976
billie1976 on October 13, 2010 at 7:13 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 9:49 pm

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

a19989
a19989 on January 17, 2012 at 5:04 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 12:02 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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