Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

207 Seventh Street,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Stanley Theatre exterior

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The former Stanley Theater, opened in 1928 and designed by the firm of Hoffman & Henon, was restored and renovated as the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in the late-1980’s.

In converting the theater into a full performing arts center, a new stagehouse and supporting building at the rear of the theater was erected. The interior of the theater was maintained and restored to its original beauty.

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Patsy
Patsy on March 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Is this theatre or some other old theatre in the Pittsburgh area used to film the Doo Wop concerts?

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on March 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Yes I’m watching the same show on PBS… :)

Patsy
Patsy on March 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

It’s a great theatre with $43 million going into the restoration!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Great list of movies that played at the Stanley posted by Ron3853.

SusanD
SusanD on April 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Just saw the Decemberists here. Great concert!

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

To me it will always be The Stanley. I used to do the bargain matinees when I was a student at Point Park. I remember A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand,and the huge billboard of her and Kris Kristofferson embracing high above the marquee.

I think I saw Goodbye Norma Jean with Misty Rowe as Marilyn here as well- I am not sure.

If I recall the theatre switched back and forth from film to live concerts. I saw An Evening with Diana Ross, great show,even though Miss Ross took a spill into the empty orchestra pit,(the band was onstage behind her). She wasnt hurt too badly, and after about 45 min returned to the stage and the show continued

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

Benny Goodman at the Stanley Theatre in 1937: riverwalkjazz

Patsy
Patsy on April 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

Tinseltoes: Love the vintage theatre photos! Thanks!

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on April 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I heard when “The Exorcist” came out in 1973, Cinemette was orignally going to book it at The Stanley. The decision was later made to hold it at the Warner instead. Since the Warner auditorium could not hold as many people as The Stanley, waiting crowds would form outside and would draw attention from people passing by. The Stanley would have been able to accommodate the crowds better, but would have not created the “blockbuster” effect that The Warner did with this feature.

johnbarchibald1
johnbarchibald1 on November 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

All the Disney releases played the Stanley in the 1950’s. My father would take us in to Pittsburgh, where my older brothers and I would clamor for him to let us sit through the picture twice. (You could do that in those days.) So we saw “Lady and the Tramp” (1956) in its original release, not to mention all the other reissues, such as “Cinderella,” “Music Land,” and live-action films, like “Swiss Family Robinson.” Later, when I was older, I also went there to see more adult films, like “The Innocents,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” That place holds a lot of memories for me. I’m glad it’s still being used as a theatre.

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