Guild Theatre

1922 Murray Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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The Guild Theatre

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Located in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. Originally opened as the Princess Theatre. In 1937 it was renamed Beacon Theatre. It was renamed Guild Theatre on December 31, 1954 and was closed March 24, 1979.

It became a deli. Since 1982 it has been occupied by Gullifty’s restaurant.

Contributed by Rick Aubrey

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edblank on June 3, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Thanks, Ken. I always appreciated that the restaurant’s owners retained a suggestion of the old marquee.

71dude on October 20, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Closing mentioned in this article:
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edblank on October 21, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Dude, I’d love to be able to examine the pages you post, but they’re reduced way too much, and they’re generally much too dark. Anything you can do to paste them in a larger form that we can scan up and down and across?

kencmcintyre on October 21, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Ed, that’s the way they are posted on Google archives. I don’t know that you can re-format it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2010 at 6:27 am

As noted in Ed Blank’s comment of June 3, 2008, the Guild had once been called the Princess Theatre. The name was changed to the Beacon Theatre in 1937, according to Boxoffice of April 3 that year. The item said the Princess had been closed for a week for renovations before reopening as the Beacon on Easter Sunday.

Boxoffice of January 1, 1955, made a reference to “…the Guild Theatre, formerly the Beacon, in Squirrel Hill.” The house had adopted an art policy, competing with Stanley Warner’s nearby Squirrel Hill Theatre.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on September 9, 2013 at 7:18 am

And now Gullifty’s is scheduled to close.

rivest266 on September 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

December 31st, 1954 grand opening ad in photo section.

Notthemayor on February 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

The last night of operation for the Guild Theater was March 24, 1979. The final movie to grace the screen there was Animal House. Through the 1970s it was primarily a revival house, with frequent showing of the Marx Brothers, WC Fields, Charlie Chaplin. It was owned by brothers Ralph & Millard Green. Afterwards it was a deli for almost 35 years, first known as the Guild Deli before becoming Gullifty’s in 1982.

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