Kelly Strayhorn Theater

5941 Penn Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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RSM3853
RSM3853 on January 15, 2014 at 9:32 am

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.

milanp
milanp on June 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 6, 2011 at 4:54 am

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Here are 1982 photos of the Regent:

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2007 at 7:38 pm

A Moller theater organ opus 1783 size 2/9 was installed in the Regent Theater in 1914. Note: $4,730.00; with roll player. In 1915 the size of the organ was increased by 5 ranks to 2/14.

Jengle
Jengle on March 28, 2007 at 7:46 am

Here is an interesting article about the theater.

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raubre
raubre on June 4, 2006 at 1:43 am

The link is back up and working now.

raubre
raubre on May 14, 2006 at 1:33 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 13, 2006 at 4:04 pm

I can’t get the link in the first comment above to work. Anyway, the Regent theater was built in 1915 and closed as a movie theater in the 1970’s. A renovation was started around 1998 and completed in 2001.

raubre
raubre on April 25, 2006 at 10:25 am

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 25, 2006 at 5:40 am

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
raubre on April 24, 2006 at 11:45 pm

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.

raubre
raubre on April 24, 2006 at 11:45 pm

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.

raubre
raubre on April 24, 2006 at 11:30 pm

The following is a link to the theater. If you click on “History” you will find postcards that picture the old Regent.

http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org/