145 Lincoln Avenue,
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Casino Theatre, Vandergrift (Official)
Functions: Performing Arts
Styles: Greek Revival
Erected in 1900, and named after the second Broadway theatre in New York City, the Casino Theatre, Vandergrift’s Casino Theatre is the town’s showpiece. The League of Historic American theatre’s, lists the Casino Theatre as the fourth oldest operating theatre in Pennsylvania.
The Casino Theatre showed its last movie in 1981 and remained dark for more ten years after. Re-opening in 1995, I first saw the theatre in around 1996 but didn’t see the interior until around 1998. Many projects were still on going at this time although much had been completed.
The theatre still has an orchestra pit and at one time the theatre organ was located in the pit. There’s a good size balcony.
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Small photo here. Website “under construction” since 1997:
The new website is now open. The above link will direct you there.
The Casino Theatre during the 1940’s seated 780 people.
I get it-you’re ensuring that you get the e-mail notifications. I was waiting for the new link to something, until I figured out what you meant.
Exactly, Ken. Thanks for your courteous understanding.
How do I create a new theatre listing on here? According to a listing here in the “Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” (pg. 631), there was an “Iris Theatre” in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, with a two-manual Smith theatre organ installed at some point.
No other details are given in the listing (such as # of ranks of the organ, date, or any blower info etc).
As this is the only old theatre I can find currently listed for the town/city of Vandergrift, I’m putting this here for right now. I know nothing else about the Iris, but if I had a little more free time might do research on it.
I’m also not yet sure what organ was installed in the Casino here.
The above comments suggest that it might have been a photoplayer of some kind, if the orchestra pit was large enough, and the instrument was located in the pit.
Anybody have any more info on this? :)