Dattola Theatre

1021 Fifth Avenue,
New Kensington, PA 15068

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Dattola Theatre

The New Dattola Theatre was opened in 1942.

Contributed by Rick Aubrey

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Patsy on May 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

Joe: Your boxoffice post on December of 2009 is not providing the information. Help and thanks!

Patsy on May 23, 2012 at 7:20 am

tomfurey: The Dattola Theatre website doesn’t seem to work! Help!

Redevelopment on May 23, 2012 at 7:27 am

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of New Kensington owns the theater and currently there is no website. The Redevelopment Authority and the City of New Kensington are raising money for the rehabilitation of the theater. The environmental work and roof are completed. We will soon start on the front of the theater building.

Patsy on May 23, 2012 at 7:31 am

Thank you so much. Glad to hear the roof work is complete and that you will soon start on the front of the building. Was the Dattola designed by Michael DeAngelis as I see the familiar round circle designs on the exterior?

vpanza on April 5, 2014 at 12:16 pm

This theater was built and opened by, Bartolomeo (Bart) Dattola. His in-laws were also in the theater industry, and owned the Eastwood (Rudolph Navarri) in Penn Hills, PA, the Miami (Elmer Dattola, my grandfather) in Springdale, PA and the Aurora (Alfred and Aurora Panza…my parents) in Russellton, PA. Elmer Dattola also had a silent picture theater in Springdale, PA called the Happy Hour Theater. Toward the end of the 1940’s most of the family sold their theaters as TV was becoming popular. Elmer Dattola then built the Ches-A-Rena Roller Rink in Cheswick, PA.

An interesting fact about the Dattola Theater is that when the family sold the business, they stipulated that the name be maintained. When it eventually became an adult theater, they were mortified!

Patsy on April 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

In the street view photo there looks to be another former theatre on 5th across the street and down. Anyone know?

Patsy on April 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Was it the Liberty at 801 5th Avenue? Research tells me it may have been.

DavidAE on April 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Patsy, Check out the Circle link.

rivest266 on October 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Looks boarded up by the time the Googlemobile passed it by.

Chris1982 on October 14, 2014 at 12:19 am

Patsy, the theatre in the street view that your mentioning was the Circle Theatre at 1010 5th Avenue.

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