Dattola Theatre

1021 Fifth Avenue,
New Kensington, PA 15068

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The New Dattola Theatre was opened in 1942.

Contributed by Rick Aubrey

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Patsy
Patsy on May 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

What is the current status of the Dattola?

Patsy
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
Patsy on May 23, 2012 at 7:20 am

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

Redevelopment
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
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?

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

vpanza
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
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
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
DavidAE on April 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Patsy, Check out the Circle link.

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