Liberty Theatre

1217 East Carson Street,
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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This theatre, 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 theatres in and around Pittsburgh called ‘Liberty’, an identity it assumed in 1920. This Liberty Theatre was still operating in July 1960.

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

Contributed by Ed Blank

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 26, 2008 at 2:28 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
ottobelasco on September 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm

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

PaulaA
PaulaA on October 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm

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
dvoght on April 4, 2014 at 7:01 am

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.

RSM3853
RSM3853 on October 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm

The big ad in The Pittsburgh Press on Sunday, July 3, 1960 for a first-run double bill of “The Last Days of Pompeii” and “The Boy and the Pirates” lists all of the theaters showing it. One of them is the Liberty Theater – South Side, so yes, Ed Blank, this theater was operating in 1960.

ShanaM
ShanaM on October 30, 2014 at 7:41 am

My great grandfather was Louis Michael and I have a few pictures from the Liberty theatre….

PaulaA
PaulaA on October 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

I would appreciate any pictures of the Liberty Theater in Southside. I am Louis Michael’s grand-daughter and spent a lot of my time in the theater when a child. My email is .

dvoght
dvoght on November 1, 2014 at 5:14 am

I too would appreciate any pictures you have as Louis' brother Gus his partner, was my husband’s grandfather.My email is Thank you, Dianne

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