Denis Theatre

685 Washington Road,
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228

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The Denis Theatre opened as a single screen movie theatre in 1937. This theatre was split, with the theatre on the orchestra called the Denis Theatre, and the one in the balcony called the Denis Encore Theatre. At the time I knew it it was an RKO Stanley-Warner theatre. When Almi took over they got rid of all RKO Stanley-Warner’s operations outside of the New York metropolitan area, and the Pittsburgh area theatres became Cinemette.

The Denis Quad Theatre, as it was last referred to, closed in September 2004 and was to be demolished to make way for retail and office space. Instead, there are plans to reopen it as a theatre, with fundraising underway.

Contributed by dave-bronx

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csepe
csepe on November 27, 2010 at 12:08 am

I remember the Denis and Encore theaters being “connected” somehow, but I never knew the whole history. Plus, in my head I always remember the Encore to be more associated with the Forum theater in Squirrel Hill because, as mentioned, movies played in BOTH theaters and were always advertised as ‘Forum&Encore’ (did they have the same private owner negotiating the deals?). Anyhow, the first film Iever saw at the Encore was HARRY AND TONTO in the winter of 1975 with my grandfather. It was to be the first of many … Apocalypse Now … Missing … The Big Chill … Boogie Nights …

SusanD
SusanD on February 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Any new news on the Denis?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

This article appeared on January 19, 2012. The group working to advance the theater’s restoration has a webpage (see above for the official site) and there is a news tab there.

Patsy
Patsy on February 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

It’s nice to read about this Oscar night fundraiser and to see a photo of the Denis Theatre on Washington Rd.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on February 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

any photos of the interior?

Patsy
Patsy on February 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

Yes, any photos?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Two articles, each with an interior picture:

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And then there is this page from the Denis Theater Foundation’s site; it looks like very little of the theater’s original decor remains, probably lost when the theater was converted to a quad.

Patsy
Patsy on February 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

CSWalczak: Thanks!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Back in 2010 I linked to a Boxoffice article about theater renovations which included a photo of the Denis Theatre in Mount Lebanon. That link is dead. The bad news is that Boxoffice is reconfiguring its digital archive and will be moving everything to a new format. The good news is that, for now at least, the old archive is still online, though somewhat altered, and I don’t know for how long.

In any case, while it lasts, here is the page with the photos of the Denis, from the issue of October 15, 1938. You can’t navigate directly from one page to the next anymore, so here is a direct link to the second page of the article with the text about the Denis.

denistheatre
denistheatre on September 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Nice to see some conversation here about The Denis! We are still in the midst of fundraising to re-open the theatre as “Four Spaces for Art” ((two theatres, a learning center/screening room, and year-round visual art gallery). Please follow along with our progress at www.denistheatre.org and https://www.facebook.com/denistheatrefoundation

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