Bellevue Theater

607 Lincoln Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15202

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Closed in September 2002. Currently a Family Dollar store.

Contributed by Rick Aubrey

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 3, 2008 at 5:02 pm

I don’t think so.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 3, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I don’t think that many people understand that you can find the photo on Google maps. I think people are more apt to click on the link than to surmise that they can see the photo on Google. Besides, three quarters of the country hasn’t been photographed yet. You would have to first go on Google, ascertain that the location has been photographed, and then determine that the building in the photo is the theater. Since many of the shots have the former theater off center, or not visible at all, I have done the work of following the arrows and figuring out which building is the theater. In cases where I can’t identify the former building, I don’t bother to post a photo.

filenz
filenz on February 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

Thanks, Ed Blank. I grew up in Avalon and recall as a child standing in line at the “Bellevue”. On a Sat. morning the kids would be lined up to the corner and down around the corner, waiting for the doors to open at 11:00am to see 21 color cartoons, a newsreel or 1 or 2 shorts then double feature monster movies or a western. We would leave the theater sometime after 5:00pm (what a baby sitter) and it only cost a quarter. My mother worked there at the ticket booth in the late 40’s. I remember the theater had beautiful lighting sconces. The ceiling was painted with a sky and clouds and when the main lights were dimmed there where small lighted stars over the entire ceiling

SusanD
SusanD on March 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I vaguely remember this cinema. Interesting how the cinema marquee was refashioned as the dollar store sign.

gwanner66
gwanner66 on April 18, 2012 at 6:24 am

I saw tons of movies here as a kid. In the late 80s, they had some independent films and then closed shortly thereafter.

RSM3853
RSM3853 on January 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I only got to see a movie at this theater once. I went on a date with Nancey Epperson to see “A Brief Vacation,” an Italian film directed by Vittorio de Sica, starring Florinda Bolkan. It was rare that sub-titled foreign language films played in neighborhoods like this one as a second-run.

gwanner66
gwanner66 on February 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Movies I remember seeing at this theater: Car Wash, Ice Castles, The Outlaw Josie Wales, Capricorn One, Smoke.

Wellington1
Wellington1 on March 10, 2014 at 10:47 am

I remember seeing Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty there when I was a toddler – perhaps the first movie I ever saw in a theater. Thereafter fond memories of most of the Disney films from the 1960s – Absent Minded Professor, etc., and also some Hammer horror flicks.

I also remember those lighting sconces on the walls. They had the feel of a medieval castle.

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