Roosevelt Theatre

1862 Center Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Roosevelt Theatre

Located on Center Avenue at Dinwiddie Street. The Roosevelt Theatre opened February 15, 1929 with vaudeville & photoplays. The opening movie was “Docks of New York” starring George Bancroft. It was built and operated by the Hendel Corp. It was equipped with a Moller de luxe organ. An oil painting of Theodore Roosevelt, painted by artist & decorator Vincent Scatena hung in the central panel of the main lobby.

The Roosevelt Theatre was still open in 1957.

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miranda on March 1, 2008 at 3:38 pm

i think this one is leveled, isnt it?

edblank on June 5, 2008 at 11:42 am

I, too, first noted the theater being at 1862 Centre Avenue, then found that the address listed elsewhere (I think Pittsburgh Press directories) as 1822. It’s hard to verify now.

After the theater was leveled, the general site was used as a surface parking lot, a super market that closed, and later, as Andrew Johnson noted in the Tribune-Review two years ago, a Subway restaurant and Cheap Tobacco & More.

It was the next-to-last functioning moviehouse in the Hill. Only the long-dormant New Granada Theatre stayed open longer and still stands.

edblank on June 5, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Can’t enlarge the photos on Page 7, LM. No Acrobat Reader on my computer, probably. Sorry.

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