Triangle Theatre

6276 Frankstown Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

A brief biography of builder Robert Ambrose McCall published by the American Historical Society in 1922 said that he both designed and built the Triangle Theatre on Frankstown Avenue in Pittsburgh.

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 6:36 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1938:

PITTSBURGH-Art and Mort England this week acquired the Triangle Theater, 6276 Frankstown Ave., East Liberty, under a long term lease. William H. Davis, manager of the theater for many years, remains on the job in association with the England brothers.

The Triangle Theater property was transferred recently as the result of a sheriff sale, and leasing negotiations followed. Art England states they will acquire other theaters at a later date. The Triangle will undergo extensive renovations within the next several months.

edblank on June 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Wow. That photo was taken way before my time. At it happens, it was taken on my future birthday.

jflundy on June 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Here is a photo from October 26, 1921 of the Triangle on Frankstown Avenue,in line of Broad Street Down to Station Street.
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edblank on May 20, 2008 at 1:48 pm

The address I have for the Triangle is 6276 Frankstown Avenue. – Ed Blank

edblank on May 20, 2008 at 1:29 pm

The Triangle opened April 3, 1920. It was the only one of the seven East Liberty theaters operating in the 1940s that was not on Penn Avenue. It was one short block off Penn, at 6276 Frankstown Avenue, The rear of the Triangle was not far from the rear of the Liberty on Penn Avenue. The Triangle began with 800-900 seats. A trade paper news story at the time of the theater’s opening said it cost $75,000 and contained 1000 seats, but neither figure appears anywhere else; the numbers probably were inflated – certainly rounded off. The Triangle played double features, two of three changes of program a week, and was dead-last in playing films in East Liberty. Perhaps mainly by virtue of its location within East Liberty, it became a theater more heavily frequented by black audiences than by whites, though its programming never reflected that balance. As the East Liberty theaters began to close one by one, the independently owned and operated Triangle struggled to hang on but finally closed in 1959 and soon was razed in what became the failed effort to revitalize East Liberty through the construction of Penn Circle. Side note: If its final stages of operation, the Triangle tried programming Italian language movies – not the name-brand Italian “art movies” of Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Vittorio deSica but the sort of obscure Italian movies that wouldn’t have been known at all outside the Italian-speaking community. It’s hard to be sure precisely when the theater closed because it dropped out of the newspaper theater directories prematurely. – Ed Blank

etwilson on December 19, 2007 at 2:09 pm

Shot of the Triangle from 1943:
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