Enright Theater

5820 Penn Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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A large theater located on Penn Avenue in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh. Opened prior to 1941, movies were shown until late-1950’s after which it became beter known for live performances and boxing exhibitions. There was a Saturday morning radio broadcast of music from the Kimball Theater Pipe Organ – a three manual instrument.

This theater was vacant for a long period of time prior to demolition. This once beautiful theater was reduced to a shabby building by total neglect. Rumors exist that the pipe organ was removed and might have been relocated.

Contributed by robert simpson

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rivest266
rivest266 on March 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm

The grand opening ad can be found in this scanned microfilm at View link
you may have to drag to the bottom of the page to find the smallish ad for such a large theatre.

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edblank on May 11, 2009 at 7:56 pm

There is nothing on the site of the former Enright. All of the shops have been razed. It’s a vacant lot.

jft100
jft100 on May 13, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Can anyone tell me the year that the Enright Kiddy show sponsored a YOYO contest. I believe maybe 1948-1950.Please anyone rembering this please contact me with anything you know about this.One of the prizes was a Special edition Schwinn bike…..j.Tolomeo

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Here is an undated photo. It looks like the theater was already closed, as the marquee is directing patrons to the Sheridan Square theater.
http://tinyurl.com/n7mmrd

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edblank on June 16, 2009 at 6:38 am

The Enright was closed from mid-June 1953 (“Desert Legion” & “Off Limits”) through Christmas 1953 (“Mogambo” & “Blowing Wild”).

It closed again after the mid-May 1957 double bill of “Battle Hymn” and “Rock, Pretty Baby,” unless you count the “live” closed-circuit fights telecast a night or two later.

I believe there was some indication that it was just closed temporarily (a common practice in the moviehouse business), but The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Havold V. Cohen dropped a line into one of his daily columns saying the Enright (probably) wasn’t ever really going to reopen.

The only night it did function again after that was for another one-nighter closed-circuit telecast of boxing matches (daydating with the Penn, the Stanley and the Harris – those three being Downtown) highlighting a title bout between Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Robinson on or about March 29, 1958.

pizzuto211
pizzuto211 on June 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

I can add something to the 1950’s. At that time I had permission to do free-lance photography at the Saturday talent shows. I did not save the photos, but I have my records. There was a talent show as late as December 7, 1950. My records end after that. The name Phil Katz shows up in several places, and I believe he was the Enright manager at that time. On an undated day between August 18 and September 28, I photographed a “yo-yo expert & bicycle.” I don’t remember if there was a yo-yo contest that day. I also photographed a “Borden display” and a lobby display “9 Big Weeks.” That day there was also a birthday cake for someone or something, and there was a letter contest: RTSNREUAT. I also made a time exposure for “Rocketship X-M,” possibly another display.

gorhamzoro
gorhamzoro on March 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

Did this Enright Theater have an organ? I looked at the organ in a theater in a Pittsburgh neighborhood in the 1960’s but bought the 3/27 Wurlitzer that was in the Stanley at the same time. I can’t find anything about the Stanley or the Stanley organ pre-1970. Can anyone help or direct me to some internet data on the Stanley, pre-1970? Thanks everyone.

blaird1255
blaird1255 on February 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

The Enright did have an organ. It was a hammond, and it was played by johnny Mitchell during the saturday talent shows.

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