Rhumba Theatre

53 Fullerton Street,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Exterior view of the Rhumba Theatre, Herron Avenue, Hill District, circa 1948–1953.

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Located in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Fullerton Street, near Wylie Avenue. The theatre had at least four names. It was the Burke’s Theatre by 1926. Renamed Golden Theatre by 1934. By April 1937 it had been renamed Rhumba Theatre. It was operated by Jacob Solz and operated as an African-American theatre. It was still open in 1957.

It was demolished between 1958 and 1961 to build the Civic Arena (which was demolished in 2011). All property on Fullerton Street (which no longer exists) by 2008 had been taken over by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

Contributed by Ed Blank

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kencmcintyre on October 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Here is one parcel that has been taken over by the authority. No street number is given. I can’t get Fullerton Street to map, so either it has another name now or the redevelopment authority has obliterated the street.

kencmcintyre on December 27, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Here is an April 1937 news item from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Becca on April 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

Fullerton Street no longer exists. It was removed, along with much of the area when they built the Civic Arena in 1961. And now, the Civic Arena is gone.

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