Atlas Theater

2603 Perrysville Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 1514

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My grandmother pointed this building out once. She told me it was a theater called the Atlas. I’ve also seen it listed in old newspaper.

Contributed by John Schmude

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edblank on May 29, 2008 at 4:41 am

There may have been an earlier Atlas at 3603 Perrysville Avenue, or that was a typographical error in some sources. The address at 2603 Perrysville Avenue is correct for an Atlas that existed from 1916-53 with 400 to 450 seats. At one point it was being advertised as the New Atlas, which could mean there was an earlier Atlas a bloc away on the same side of the avenue.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 17, 2008 at 2:18 am

Ed, any recollection or information on an Art Cinema in Pittsburgh? It was mentioned in this July 1951 newspaper article:
http://tinyurl.com/5w49j6

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edblank on November 17, 2008 at 2:23 am

Yes, Ken. The Art Cinema in Pittsburgh now is called the Harris. It’s at 809 Liberty Avenue, and there is a Cinema Treasurees entry for it.

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edblank on November 17, 2008 at 2:27 am

Postscript: The Pittsburgh theater known for decades as the (John P.) Harris Theater, originally called the Alvin and finally called the Gateway), also was Downtown.

When the non-profit Pittsburgh Filmmakers took over the Art Cinema and renovated it, they renamed it the Harris because the original Harris no longer was a moviehouse. THAT Harris is lised under Gateway.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Interesting looking building. I can see why the style is listed as unknown.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Here is the Atlas as seen on Google:
http://tinyurl.com/ckv58r

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