McKnight Cinemas

7217 McKnight Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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McKnight Cinemas, Pittsburgh, 1977

A three-screen cinema located on McKnight Road. It was reduced to two screens in 1987 and then closed on April 3, 1988 – the same weekend the Super Saver Cinemas opened a few miles away in Northway Mall. Any further information or memories would be appreciated.

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Wellington1 on September 29, 2007 at 8:55 am

This theater went up in the late 1960s in a smallish strip mall that was anchored by Zayre’s Department store (an early version of Target type stores). The 3 theaters were always small – it was the beginning of the era of small multiplexes and the division of the grand old theaters still standing into multiple screens. This theater showed 2nd run movies after they left the downtown theaters. I remember seeing some horror films there, and BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID.

On the site now is a Panera Bread restaurant.

rivest266 on March 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm

This was at 7217 McKnight Road

71dude on June 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Correction: it opened and closed as a twin; an adjacent store was used as a third auditorium during the 70s and 80s.

gwanner66 on April 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

I worked at this theatre during high school and my first summer of college. We had an odd assortment of movies in those years… first-runs that didn’t go to the bigger, newer Showcase Cinemas, some foreign/art house stuff, cheesy horror movies, and the “big” movie from our sister theater, the North Hills, after they got another feature. There were two good-sized screens and one “mini” in the back. There are very few of these types of theatres left.

71dude on April 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

Opened on Fri, Aug. 30, 1968 with “The Graduate” showing on both screens.

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