Sheridan Square Theatre

6108 Penn Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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DRIVEIN101 on April 11, 2018 at 1:17 pm

The Sheridan Square opened as a vaudeville theater on October 20, 1913. The opening day acts included J.K. Emmett (Illustrious son of the famous “Fritz” Emmett) & Company, Doria Opera Trio, Les Montforts (comedy bar gymnasts), Musical Fredericks, and others.

Final day of operation at the Sheridan Square, according to newspaper listings, was June 1, 1977 with “The Together Brothers” and “Capone”. The theater sat dormant until demolition started in September 1987 and did not finish until summer 1989.

edblank on January 6, 2016 at 9:20 am

Gene Kelly worked there briefly in his teens, also, although I cannot specifically recall confirming that detail with him or with Gorshin. Although the Enright was the largest theater in East Liberty, the Sheridan Square was the neighborhood’s second largest and its crown jewel.

DRIVEIN101 on January 6, 2016 at 7:16 am

Pittsburgh native Frank Gorshin worked as an usher at the Sheridan Square Theater…years before becoming an actor and riddling crime on Gotham City

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on February 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

In 1926 the Sheridan Square Theatre got a new Wurlitzer pipe organ, opus 1344, a style E-X, 2 manuals, 7 ranks. Interestingly, the next Wurlitzer opus number, 1345, an identical organ, went to Pittsburg’s Harris Theatre. Were the Harris and the Sheridan Square under the same management?

drm4c2670 on April 13, 2010 at 10:40 pm

sorry, my mistake— the firm Edward Schulte worked with in Pittsburgh to design the Sheridan Square Theater was H.E. Kennedy who had once worked for Werner and Adkins. He also claims designs for a Schenley Theater and Liberty Theater.

drm4c2670 on April 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I have the resume of Edward J. Schulte who lists this theater as his design while working with the firm of Werner and Adkins of Pittsburgh, sometime before moving to Cincinnati in 1921. Schulte later became well known for designing churches and cathedrals.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Here is a promtion only Gus Davis would think about.Back in those days Managers really were expected tp PROMOTE a movie. Mr.Davis, had a local horse dressed up to promote “HORSE IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT” for kids to see.
Parents snapped pictures of the kids and the horse.That horse was in a real four piece gray flannel suit.
It was so popular in Pittsburgh,that the Horse was also at THE VILLAGE and WHITEHALL THEATRES. Feb 10 1969.

DRIVEIN101 on April 29, 2009 at 8:38 am

The beauty and nostalgia of those kind of marquees always knocked me out! Eventually, somebody out there has a 60’s photo of the nearby Cameraphone with similar marquee and will post it on the same website.

kencmcintyre on December 13, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Interesting item from Boxoffice magazine, May 1950:

Winner in the Warner circuit’s amateur contest at the Enright was Frank Gorshin, a part-time usher at the Sheridan Square, who was an entry from the Belmar.

Jack Oberleitner
Jack Oberleitner on August 7, 2007 at 10:39 pm

Variety, the Children’s Charity was founded in Pittsburgh on October 10, 1927 when a group of eleven men involved in show business (mostly theatre managers) set up a social club which they named the “Variety Club”. No matter what chain or owner a manager might be affiliated with, it was very common in Pittsburgh, and other places I’m sure, to get together for late night refreshment and gab sessions after the theatre closed. This tradition lasted well into the 60’s when I was a Pittsburgh area manager with Associated Theatres.

As the story was handed down from manager to manafer over the years, Christmas Eve 1928, a small baby was left on a seat of the Sheridan Square theatre, showing WINGS with Lew Ayers, with a note reading:
“Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of showbusiness people and pray to God that you will look after her. Signed, a heartbroken mother."
Since efforts to trace the mother failed, the members of the Variety Club undertook to fund the child’s living expenses and education. Later the club decided to raise funds for other disadvantaged children.
To date the organization has grown to include chapters (or "tents” as they are termed by the organization) in 13 countries worldwide. Pittsburgh is known as “Tent One.” It was an honour to be a member of this great fraternity of theatrical managers!
I was in the Sheridan Square twice. By the late 60’s the bloom was off the rose, so to speak, at this very large and ornate theatre. Like the Fulton, Stanley, Penn, Warner, McKeesport Memoria; and others, the Sheridan Square was one of the grandest theatres of it’s time. A tragedy to have been permitted to fade and die.
By the way, Catherine grew up to be a well educated, successful woman.
Jack Oberleitner