Whitehall Theater

4150 Brownsville Road,
Brentwood, PA 15227

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Doughboy
Doughboy on December 13, 2013 at 2:41 am

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.

James_Slick
James_Slick on May 25, 2013 at 9:57 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!)

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on July 9, 2012 at 2:31 am

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?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

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

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on May 11, 2012 at 2:44 am

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.

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on August 18, 2010 at 11:45 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”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 4, 2009 at 8:46 am

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

GrayFoxWolf
GrayFoxWolf on December 15, 2008 at 11:40 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.

raubre
raubre on May 28, 2008 at 12:14 am

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.

SusanD
SusanD on May 20, 2008 at 9:44 pm

I don’t believe I was ever here. Wasn’t this theatre in Whitehall and not Brentwood?

raubre
raubre on May 1, 2006 at 9:09 pm

Brentwood is a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 1, 2006 at 9:02 pm

Is Brentwood part of some larger town or city? I can’t find Brentwood, PA listed in any of my Film Daily Year Books.

raubre
raubre on May 1, 2006 at 6:49 pm

Yep, both are the same.

raubre
raubre on May 1, 2006 at 7:44 am

Yes that is the correct address.

raubre
raubre on April 30, 2006 at 9:54 pm

I hit a road block at the library. They had more drawings and old black and white newspaper articles that show the Whitehall in a distance.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on April 25, 2006 at 9:36 pm

Sounds cool Rick, thanks. Hope there is some interior shots.

raubre
raubre on April 25, 2006 at 9:27 pm

I do have some good news. The historical society of Brentwood had a phone number. It direected me to the public library. They do have some pictures. The librarian said she can possibly help (even with the uplaoding of pictures.) I’ll keep you posted!

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on April 25, 2006 at 8:32 pm

Rick…besides the public library. You may want to check and see if the county in which Brentwood is located in might have a Historical Society.

raubre
raubre on April 25, 2006 at 6:26 pm

I’m going to see if the Brentwood public library may have a picture.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on April 24, 2006 at 10:29 pm

Rick..I like the drawing. Hope you can find a better picture of it.

raubre
raubre on April 24, 2006 at 9:56 pm

Here is a drawing of the theater. Hopfully I can find a better picture of the theater.

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~angell/thsa/mysth112.jpg