533 Washington Avenue,
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Ahhhh…the old Galaxy Theater in Bridgeville, PA. Bridgeville is a suburb of Pittsburgh, approximately 13 miles south of the city.
Mostly what I remember is the old, sticky, red carpet and red drapes, cheap popcorn and pop. It was one of those old theaters where you got to listen to the projector at the same time as the movie. Saw “Huckelberry Finn” here and various other great movies when I was little. We always called it “going to the show” and I had to tag along with my older brothers.
It was lots of fun going here until the owner started to let teenagers (and their friends) run it.
The theater was located on Washington Avenue in the heart of the small town’s business district. It had a neat old marquee so you always knew what was playing. When it closed (around the 1980’s or early-1990’s) I believe movies were still $1.50-2.00 and I think Tuesday was .50 cent night!
Sadly the structure was demolished when a small child playing with matches burned down part of the block (nobody was hurt).
A small office building sits at 533 Washington Avenue now which also houses a nice place to eat and drink called Burg’s Pizza and Wings. Currently there is a Destinta theater at one end of the town and a Star City Theater that just closed at the other end. Another multi seat theater sits approximately four miles away at South Hills Village. Of course there are some other great, old theaters around Pittsburgh and it’s suburbs.
Gimmie the old Galaxy any day….What a great little town Bridgeville still is though.
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