Liberty Theatre

801 Fifth Avenue,
New Kensington, PA 15068

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Liberty Theatre-New Kensington

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The Liberty Theatre was opened May 2, 1921. By 1941, it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was still open in 1950. During the early-1980’s it was used for a recruiting office for the Army. It was on the corner of 5th Avenue and 8th Street.

It has been demolished and there is a vacant lot where the theatre once stood.

Contributed by Chuck

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I wonder how much success that recruiter had selling people from inside a dilapidated old theater. Knowing those guys I suppose it probably didn’t matter too much.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 1, 2014 at 9:12 pm

The April 3, 1920, issue of The American Contractor said that the contract had been let for the Liberty Theatre:

“Theater: 1 sty. & balcony. 60x120. Cor. 5th av. & 8th St., New Kensington, Pa. Archt. Harry S. Bair, Vandergrift bldg., Pittsburgh. Owner Liberty Theater Co., New Kensington. Gen. contr. let to T. C. Danner, New Kensington.”
A document prepared for the nomination of the New Kensington Downtown Historic District to the NRHP says that the Liberty Theatre opened on May 2, 1921.

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