Kelly Strayhorn Theater

5941 Penn Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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Kelly Strayhorn Theater

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Located in the East Liberty district of Pittsburgh, the Regent Theater was opened on October 31, 1914, and had seating in a stadium plan, with a raised section at the rear, rather than the conventional overhanging balcony.

The theater was renamed in honor of Gene Kelly and jazz musician Billy Strayhorn (both East Liberty natives), and is now used for live performances

Contributed by Rick Aubrey

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raubre on April 25, 2006 at 7:45 am

Here are some exterior pix I took over the weekend…

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On the last pic, note the name “Regent” still exists above the poster frame.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 25, 2006 at 1:40 pm

The mind boggles at the “ingenuity” of theatre re-namers! Couldn’t they have just kept the original name and put up a plaque honoring Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn in the lobby? Can you imagine anyone saying “Let’s go to the Kelly Strayhorn tonight?” I can’t.

raubre on April 25, 2006 at 6:25 pm

The name is so forgettable to me, I keep calling it the Kelly Clarkson Theater, shudder to think……….

raubre on May 14, 2006 at 9:33 pm

That’s odd. The website may be down. I’ll post it if it’s back up again.

raubre on June 4, 2006 at 9:43 am

The link is back up and working now.

Jengle on March 28, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Here is an interesting article about the theater.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Architect H.S. Bair’s first name was Harry. Harry S. Bair also designed the Querner Theatre and the Plaza Theatre in Pittsburgh, and was the architect for the addition of the Columbia Theatre to a hotel building in Brookville, Pennsylvania.

milanp on June 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Interesting theater. I only went there once—in July 1979—during what was possibly the Regent’s saddest period. The place was in dire straits: more seats seemed to be roped off than in use, and the whole building positively reeked of mold. I remember thinking that it was probably a fantastic “neighborhood theater” during its heyday, though.

RSM3853 on January 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I too only went there once, in 1976. There was a double-bill of UA films playing…“Drum” and “Breakheart Pass.” I only stayed to see Charles Bronson in “Breakheart Pass” since “Drum” was supposed to be one of the worst films of 1976.

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