Querner Theater

5135 Butler Street,
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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The Frederick Theater was built and opened in 1920.

Contributed by Ed Blank

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2011 at 7:06 pm

A facade photo and a floor plan of the Frederick Theatre appeared in the August, 1920, issue of the professional journal Architecture. It can bee seen online here, at the Internet Archive. The caption says that the Frederick was designed by Pittsburgh architect Harry S. Bair.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

As near as I can figure, the site of Frederick (or Fredrick) Querner’s theater was either on the lot where there is now what looks like an annex to the Allegheny Valley Bank of Pittsburgh, or on the parking lot next to it. The theater was too narrow to have occupied the entire frontage of the bank building, which has a modern address of 3137 Butler Street.

Although the caption of the photo of the Frederick Theatre in the publication cited in my previous comment uses the long spelling of the name, there’s a possibility that the theater was actually called the Fredrick, without the second e. That’s the way Mr. Querner’s first name is spelled on this page, which cites the 1920 U.S. Census.

Unfortunately the photo doesn’t show the name on the building itself. An old advertisement for the theater would confirm the spelling one way or the other, if somebody could find one.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I don’t know why I wrote 3137 as the bank’s address. The bank is at 5157 Butler, and the theater must have been at 5135. There is no 3100 block of Butler Street.

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