Liberty Theatre

1217 East Carson Street,
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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This theater, formerly on Pittsburgh’s South Side, was called the K & K Opera House from at least 1911-19. At some point it was identified as the Rex Theatre, but it was not the same Rex Theatre located even today at 1602 East Carson Street.

It became one a few theaters in and around Pittsburgh called the Liberty, an identity it assumed in 1920. I’m wary of a research note that suggests it operated as a movie house until 1960 because I cannot remember it existing that recently.

By 1983 the site of this theatre was a surface parking lot.

Contributed by Ed Blank

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kencmcintyre on October 26, 2008 at 9:28 pm

It was operating as the Liberty in 1950, as a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article in July of that year noted a fire in the theater.

ottobelasco on September 24, 2011 at 3:16 am

My Grandfather, Otto Belasco, was a projectionist here. He accompanied silent films with his piano playing. He was an accomplished musician.

PaulaA on October 4, 2011 at 1:47 am

My Grandfather, Louis Michaels, built and operated the Liberty Theater and the Rex Theater on South Side. For that time period, the Liberty Theater was a large entertainment center that included bowling lanes and a large pool room. There were midnight shows, famous live acts, and a great deal of community involvement.

dvoght on April 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

My husband’s Grandfather, Gus “Constantine” Michaels was partners with his brother, Louis Michaels in the Liberty Theatre. I have been searching for information on this theatre for years. Does anyone know or have a picture of the Liberty around 1918 if so I would love to add it to our family tree.

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