Manor Theatre

1729 Murray Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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Manor Theatre

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The Manor Theatre was opened prior to 1931. By 2011, this was the only remaining neighborhood theatre still open in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. Usually runs national indie releases, as well as some top box office movies.

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SusanD
SusanD on May 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm

A 1937 photo of the Manor can be found here View link

It looks like it’s always had the Tudor style. Maybe Cinema Treasures can update this page to reflect that?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm

The Manor was mentioned as a Warner Bros. house in Motion Picture Times of May 5, 1931.

Boxoffice of February 8, 1965, reported: “The remodeled Manor Theatre, now a SW art house, has 1024 seats, inside ticket desk, 50-foot wall-to-wall screen, modern sound and projection, large lounge area, deep pile carpeting, plus new decorations, etc….” An item from February 1 had said that the Manor seated 884 on the main floor and 140 in the balcony.

The Stanley Warner circuit also operated the nearby Squirrel Hill Theatre, which had long been an art house. The Guild Theatre also operated as an art house at times during this period. Squirrel Hill must have been an arty neighborhood in those days.

SusanD
SusanD on March 27, 2010 at 3:03 am

Cinemagic closed the nearby Squirrel Hill. I hope they keep the Manor open. They show movies here that AMC won’t.

milanp
milanp on December 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm

The Manor was predominantly a roadshow house back in the late 60s/early 70s: lots of UA stuff like “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Last Tango” and “Man of La Mancha.” When roadshow-style movies fell out of fashion, they experienced an identity crisis and struggled to remain in business.
It’s a miracle the theater still exists—albeit in a (sadly) tacky contempo version.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Looks somewhat similar to this:

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SusanD
SusanD on September 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Apparently they’ve been doing some renovations to the Manor. Plus they’re going to have a horror film festival for October.

Also the new website is www.manorpgh.com

milanp
milanp on September 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I take my 2010 comment back. The Manor has been recently (and beautifully) renovated, and is now Squirrel Hill’s crown jewel. Sadly, it’s also the only theater in the area now that the Squirrel Hill theater down the street has closed.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on September 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm

The Manor Theatre has indeed been wonderfully remodeled. The theater features upgraded seating and a full bar next to the concession stand.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Manor renovations December 20th, 1978 ad in photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 5, 2014 at 9:15 pm

The obituary of Squirrel Hill architect Edgar A. Kwalwasser in the August 6, 1998, issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette listed alterations to the Squirrel Hill and Manor Theatres among his works. The remodeling of the Manor he handled might have been the 1965 project for Stanley-Warner I mentioned in my comment of March 6, 2010, or it might have been the 1978 renovations rivest266 mentioned in the comment of last month, or it might have been both, as Kwalwasser established his practice in 1951 and remained active until April, 1998.

The obituary says that he designed theaters in six states, but only mentions three theater projects by name. The third was the Cranberry Mall Cinemas in Cranberry Township.

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