Lando-Grand Theatre

1851 Centre Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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spectrum on January 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm

That picture above must be from another theatre – it looks much larger than 600 seats.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm

The Lando Theatre was offered for sale or rent by the Lando Realty Company in an ad in the November 8, 1940, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. There is a photo of the theater, and the way the building was arranged on the steeply sloping site makes me suspect that this might have been a reverse theater, with the screen and stage at the front of the house instead of the back.

This place seems to have switched names frequently. The July 7, 1931, issue of Exhibitors Forum said that the Lando Theatre, Central Avenue, had been renamed the Grand. It apparently became the Granada in 1934, when it was leased by Hendel and Rosen, who opened the New Granada in 1937.

The September 18, 1937, issue of Boxoffice carries an item saying that the Lando-Grand Theater on Center Avenue, formerly the Granada, had been reopened.

Then the August 5, 1939, issue says that the Former Lando-Grand Theatre had been reopened as the Central Theatre.

In its issue of September 21, 1940, Boxoffice said that William Lando was reopening his Lando-Grand Theatre on Center Avenue after the previous operator had failed.

In any case, the last name under which I find any mention of the house is Lando-Grand (probably chosen to differentiate it from the Warner Grand/Stanley Grand operating in Pittsburgh at the same time) so that’s probably the name under which it should be listed at Cinema Treasures. That would, of course, also help differentiate it from the New Granada Theatre. The Lando appears to have been known as the Granada only from 1934 to 1937 in any case.

kencmcintyre on December 27, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Here is a March 1951 item in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. If the theater was at 1854 Centre, as the article states, it is long gone.