Casino Theater

340 Diamond Street,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on February 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

The Harris (Casino) had 2 Wurlitzer organs during the 1920’s. The first, opus 961, dated December 1924, was a highly customized Style B – listed as a 3 manual, 8 rank organ. The 2nd, opus 1344, dated May 1926, was a stock E-X, 2 manuals, 7 ranks.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

An article about the history of the Csino/Harris Theatre can be read here.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

Among the dancers at the Casino were the “beef trust beauties,” promoted as being a “chorus of ‘hefty’ girls, each weighing 300 pounds or better.”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 5, 2008 at 11:47 am

I don’t know the technical word Ed, how about “replies”? If I add a theater and I’m not certain that it was demolished, I list it as closed. It appears that this theater was updated already. Thanks for the additional information on the Casino.

edblank
edblank on June 5, 2008 at 8:18 am

Thank you, LM. Every now and then I find several “postscripts” (What’s the proper name for our followup comments?) that agree there’s misinformation in the heading – in the initial entry. Other times, I’m reading “correct” correction after correction on an entry that is correct at the top, too, which tells me the C.T. monitors must have gone back and implemented the corrections.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 5, 2008 at 6:36 am

Ed….The information on these theater listings cannot be edited by us. One good reason for that is security. If we had that ability, someone could join this website and alter the information and create chaos on this site. Normaly the theater editors will see a comment and update the theater listing. With over twenty thousand theaters listed here, its not possible for them to read every comment posted. If there is something that you feel needs to be changed right away, click on “About Us” at the top of the page, and then click on “Contact Us”. Submit the changes that you want made.

edblank
edblank on June 4, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Correct, Ken. As far as you know, is there a way to amend/update the information at the top of an entry like this. In this particular case, the misinformation is by no means egregious – just outdated. But is there an apparatus for changing a major error?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 4, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Status should be closed/demolished, based on Ed’s information.

edblank
edblank on June 4, 2008 at 8:13 pm

The theater was known as the Harris from 1911-36 and the Casino from 1936-66. (The Harris name was to be used again Downtown at 113 Sixth Street (earlier called the Alvin and later the Gateway) and then again at 809 Liberty Avenue (the former Art Cinema and the present Harris Theatre).

For decades in Pittsburgh, the Casino was THE burlesque house featuring such strippers as Lili St. Cyr, Irma The Body, Tempest Storm and Blaze Starr, as well as comedians such as Billy “Cheese & Crackers” Hagen.

The site’s official name seemed to become Casino Burlesk.

The theater became progressively more dilapidated. In its later years it used late-run movies to fill out the program, with the live shows probably becoming shorter.

For at least three decades after the Casino was razed, the property was occupied by a surface parking lot.

The property was part of a large block of land purchased by Point Park College in 2006 for development as part of the school’s campus.

fmbeall
fmbeall on October 14, 2007 at 9:57 am

Jaffe’s Casino functioned as Pittsburg’s “big time” burlesque house into the fifties.