Whitehall Theater

4150 Brownsville Road,
Brentwood, PA 15227

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The Whitehall Theater opened November 1, 1940 as part of the Whitehall Shopping Center. The theater sat in the middle of the small Whitehall Shopping Center and resembled a cream colored castle, with a terra cotta facade and two huge towers on each side which had illuminated lanterns on top.

The Whitehall Theater basically showed second run movies as well as re-issued Disney classics.

Originally a single screen theater, the Whitehall Theater opened a second screen theater before closing in 1999.

The theater was closed along with the shopping center to make way for a new shopping plaza (Brentwood Towne Centre.)

Contributed by Rick Aubrey

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raubre
raubre on May 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm

The theater was located in the Whitehall Shopping Center, which was in Brentwood. The SC was razed to makeway for a Giant Eagle and the Brentwood Town Centre SC.

GrayFoxWolf
GrayFoxWolf on December 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm

I miss the theater I went there as a kid for a few movies. I remember the mural on the wall that had imaged of famous past movies. I still remember the Green runway lights that went down the aisle. I do remember that It was run by Carmike cinemas.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 4, 2009 at 12:46 am

The Whitehall Theatre was designed by architect Victor A. Rigaumont. Photos of the Art Moderne house appeared in Boxoffice Magazine, February 27, 1943.

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on August 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Opening night feature on October 31, 1940: “No Time For Comedy”, starring James Stewart and Rosalind Russell. Final day features on July 1, 1999: “Analyze This”, “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Doug’s 1st Movie”

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on May 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I grew up in Whitehall and went to this theatre often. This was one of the trio of theatres on Brownsville Road. The others being the Melrose and the Mount Oliver. When this theatre would get really crowded, I remember cars parking in the middle of the front parking lot, in addition to the regular side spaces. Later, they must of outlawed this because it would have made it tough for emergency vehicles to get through. This was a great neighborhood theatre. In the 1980’s, they use to have a once a month free movie that was sponcered by the merchants in the shopping center. The hope was you would go to the movie and return the favor by shopping at one or more of the stores there. While the Whitehall was part of the “Brentwood Whitehall Shopping Center”, it actually was located in Brentwood.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

Here’s a 1942 trade article describing the innovative shopping and entertainment center: boxofficemagazine

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on July 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Tinseltoes: Nice article on the old Whitehall Theatre. I lived in the area from 1967 to 1991, but I don’t remember the bowling alley. Where was it located?

James_Slick
James_Slick on May 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

When I first moved to Brentwood, The name of this place confused me. Doing research I found out that Whitehall Borough (next town over) was formed in 1948 (almost a decade after this center opened!) The just “stole” then name! “White Hall” was the name of a coachstop/tavern/hotel that is at the site of Slater’s Funeral home (Also in Brentwood!) Whiehall Center, The Davis farmhouse and The Point Veiw Hotel were three landmarks on Brownsville RD that were destroyed in the 2000s (Sad, I loved all 3!)

Doughboy
Doughboy on December 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

As a kid I went many times to the Saturday afternoon matinee.$.35 admission and $.15 for a box of popcorn.The line to get in went around the block.In 1961 went to see “Gorgo” Monster movies always drew the biggest crowds.

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