Cinema 4

3075 W. Liberty Avenue,
Dormont, PA 15126

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Cinema 4

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The Cinema 4 in Dormont (Pittsburgh) has been abandoned for several years as its marquee (which I saw yesterday 9/21/2004) attests:“Along Came a Spider” (and another picture whose name I’ve just forgotten) yet hangs over the front door.

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.

If anyone has any information on this great old theater, please add your comments.

It was demolished in May/June 2010.

Contributed by vince

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carolgrau
carolgrau on June 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Sadly the South Hills Theatre died the day they decided to split it up , and add more screens.. Why would idiots do that to such a wonderfull old Theatre??That is not rain,, That is John crying as he looks down and sees his beloved Theatre being gone, for a stupid drug store…

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on June 25, 2010 at 2:14 pm

You are absolutely right on all counts, norelco. It’s just as painful as seeing a beautiful drive-in theater being demolished for a (yuck!) Wal-Mart.

carolgrau
carolgrau on June 25, 2010 at 11:54 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 11:42 pm

great stories sad ending.

toddatelm
toddatelm on August 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

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

angel4sam
angel4sam on September 20, 2010 at 11:53 pm

To former employees of the South Hills Theatre:

My former SHT co-workers and I are searching for former South Hills Theatre projectionist, John O'Reilly. We would like to reconnect and say “hello” to John if possible. He worked at the theater from perhaps 1983 until 1985 or 1986. We are assuming he is in his early to mid 50’s now. If anyone here knows anything about John, could you please share any information about John’s whereabouts with us? We tried finding him on Facebook, but it’s quite challenging with such a common name. We do not even know if he resides in the Pittsburgh area today. Sorry that I do not have more information to go on. Thank you for any help you can give us.

rj
rj on March 15, 2012 at 7:13 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 2:36 pm

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

dwbrendel
dwbrendel on March 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I shot the last interior images in The South Hills Theater. The next day it was all gone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ODB8NxnP58 I also documented the restoration of The Hollywood Theater. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2MhihbU8V8

SusanD
SusanD on September 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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

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