Metropolitan Theater

4773 Liberty Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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A lower echelon neighborhood theater that mostly ran re-issues of cowboy and horror films. There was no marquee, but a flat Art Deco signboard above the box office. The interior included a small refreshment stand separated from the small auditorium by two wooden partitions. It closed in 1954 and was razed a year later.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 13, 2008 at 7:01 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, February 1955:

The Metropolitan Theater, in the Bloomfield district, is being converted into a storeroom.

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on September 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

According to the “Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by David Junchen, pg. 631, a Smith theatre pipe organ was installed in the Metropolitan Theatre in Pittsburgh at some point.

No details are given for the organ, such as size, year, blower info, etc. so they were unknown at the time the book was published.

Does anybody know what happened to this organ or have more information about it? Thanks!

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on September 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

What is the building in the current (2014-09-22) Google Map view that looks almost like a theatre building, with a Starbucks Coffee and Quest Diagnostics in it? Why does it appear to have a marquee hanging off of the front of the building? Just curious!

edblank
edblank on September 23, 2014 at 6:14 am

The current Starbucks building was indeed the neighborhood’s other moviehouse. It was called the Plaza, by far the nicer of the two side-by-side theaters in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood. It survived decades longer than the Metropolitan. See separate Cinema Treasures file on the Plaza.

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