3414 Penn Avenue,
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Located in the Laurenceville area of Pittsburgh, on Penn Avenue at Butler Street. My grandfather, Israel (Joe) Roth was sole owner of this theater.
I frequently attended the theater between the years 1937-1946. The theater exhibited 2nd run movies, with frequent double bills.
A diary of films for the year 1942 includes all films: feature, short, news, etc. I donated it to the Heinz History Museum (Jewish collection) in 2009.
The office and projection room were on the second floor, During my years of attendance the projectionist was a Mr. Mikloski (sp?); the ticket booth attendant was "Peggy;" the manager was "Walter."
A curtain separated the audience from the lobby.
My grandfather was very active in the management; he personally went to "Film Row" to select films.
Prior to WWII, his son Jerome Roth was active in the theater. The Penn Theatre was still open in 1950.
Grandfather’s brother, Morris Roth, independently owned several theaters in Pittsburgh outlying communities: Swissvale, Duquesne, Brushton.
Can anyone supply me with a photograph of the Penn Theatre?
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