Rowland Theater

907 Wood Street ,
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

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The Rowland Theatre was opened in 1911. It was closed in February 1965, and was demolished in 1976.

Contributed by Robert S. Dorsett

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

An article about the lighting in the Rowland Theatre at Wilkinsburg begins on page 199 of the August, 1913, issue of Lighting Journal (Google Books scan. Scroll up one page for the beginning of the article.) There are three photos of the auditorium.

A lawsuit filed against the Rowland Theatre in 1914 reveals that another theater already existed on the property Richard A. Rowland bought for this house, and that Rowland remodeled that theater at the same time the Rowland was being built adjacent to it. I haven’t been able to discover the name of that earlier theater, but it might have been the Colonial.

An article beginning on page 405 of the July 15, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World (Google Books scan) recounts the career of Richard Rowland, and mentions the Colonial Theatre n Wilkinsburg as one of his early acquisitions.

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