Cinema 4

3075 W. Liberty Avenue,
Dormont, PA 15216

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Cinema 4

The Harris Theatre was opened in 1927 by the Harris Amusement Co.

The South Hills Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. in 1941. The theatre enjoyed a lively popularity in the 1950’s and 1960’s as residents would walk from their homes to enjoy its weekly thrills and chills. In 1994 it was divided into four screens and became Cinema 4. It was closed in 1998 and was abandoned, the marquee in September 2004 was still advertising its last movie “Along Came A Spider”.

It was demolished in May/June 2010.

Contributed by vince

Recent comments (view all 78 comments)

carolgrau on June 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Moviebuff,,, I waas the one who wrote the post about you dad and I am sorry… It was mass confusion that night. I was at the Warner when Marty our business agent called and he was'nt sure where or when it happened, but he knew it happened.. I ended up going there the next day to work all day.. I was really sad your dad was a good friend and a fellow projectionist…He liked me from day one, because I was really into projectors and he could'nt get over how someone as young as me knew so much About them, We spent many hours up in the booth of the SHT, He always sat on a green chair that tilted back in the room next to the booth, I would sit on the other one…We used to all get together after work and meet at a place called Cips, right up the street from the Theatre on the oppositew side of the street…How I miss those days and how we all miss John….

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 31, 2010 at 6:42 pm

great stories sad ending.

toddatelm on August 9, 2010 at 4:20 am

Do I know you, norelco?
The Cinema 4 was my first theater after I got my union card.

rj on March 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm

The South Hills theatre may be gone, but remnants of the front entrance ticket booth were donated to the Dormont historical society. I was given the task to refurbish and reconstruct the ticket booth. I am happy to say I completed that task on March 15, 2012. The ticket booth will be displayed in the Dormont municipal center (the old Hiilsdale school). I spent many of my teenage years trying to sneak in around that booth. I hope a lot of old friends stop by to visit it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

This comment from 2007 by thespian110 says that the architect of the Harris South Hills Theatre was Charles R. Geisler.

dwbrendel on March 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I shot the last interior images in The South Hills Theater. The next day it was all gone. I also documented the restoration of The Hollywood Theater.

SusanD on September 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

Those photos of the Cinema 4/South Hills Theater in ruins are amazing. Sad, but amazing.

popcorn_pete on March 1, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Opened 1927 by Harris Amusements Company. Quadrupled 1994 into Cinema 4, last film screened 1998

pittsburghorbit on April 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

“Along Came a Spider,” “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles,” and “Blow” (see marquee from one of the photos) were all released in 2001, so I think that’s more accurately the last year the theater was open.

edblank on April 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Cinema 4, knows for nearly all of its existence as the South Hills, was sold in August 2000 by Michael Cardone to Richard Dobrushin of Key Productions. The new owner removed the seats from one auditorium with the idea of turning it into a club. Not sure if that ever happened. In June or July of 2001 Dormont Boro closed the theater. It sat unoccupied for many years – perhaps a decade before being razed. A large pharmacy was constructed on the property. The Overview here should be changed to read “Demolished.”

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