Village Theatre

700 Fort Couch Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15241

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South Hills VILLAGE Theatre

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This was originally a single screen theatre, built in the late-1960’s by RKO Stanley Warner. Upon RKO-Stanley Warner’s exit from the area it was operated by Cinemette. The theatre was big (about 1,200 seats on one floor) and was decorated with plush seats and a lot of gold draperies in the auditorium and was very upscale to fit in with the shopping center, as I recall.

When I was there it was fairly new, we saw “The Detective” with Frank Sinatra. Later, after Cinemette was running it they divided it into five screens.

Sometime in the last ten years it was demolished, and Carmike Cinemas built a 10-plex on the site.

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rivest266
rivest266 on December 3, 2008 at 1:26 am

I have found the grand opening announcement with a picture of the theatre on July 19th, 1966 at
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Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 15, 2009 at 3:28 am

Was this the theatre in the parking lot outside the mall? I saw EARTHQUAKE there too. The first film I saw at this theatre (and it ran for quite a while) was LOST HORIZON in 1973. It was a wonderful movie going experience and a great theater to see a BIG film in. I also remember seeing the re-release of MARY POPPINS in this theatre.

Another Village Theater . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWXjFHqc7gc

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 15, 2009 at 3:28 am

Was this the theatre in the parking lot outside the mall? I saw EARTHQUAKE there too. The first film I saw at this theatre (and it ran for quite a while) was LOST HORIZON in 1973. It was a wonderful movie going experience and a great theater to see a BIG film in. I also remember seeing the re-release of MARY POPPINS in this theatre.

Another Village Theater . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWXjFHqc7gc

carolgrau
carolgrau on November 10, 2009 at 3:32 am

I remember the brains of Cinemette had the construction crews knock out the walls for exit doors while people were sitting in the theatres watching the movies, all the daylight poured in and managment could'nt understand thier problems and complaints. DAH

SusanD
SusanD on May 25, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I think I saw the early 90s version of “Dracula” here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 11:14 pm

“ROLLERCOASTER” with George Segal was in Sensurround.

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on August 22, 2012 at 1:08 am

Does anyone have any old pictures of the original theatre that they could post?

glndrsn21
glndrsn21 on November 21, 2013 at 12:23 am

Great theater. Century 35/70 projectors. Separate Simplex projector for trailers if you were running 70. Huge picture window for projectionist to keep an eye on the picture. Back in the day, S/W was the #1 class operation. Projection angle was 3 degrees at most.

glndrsn21
glndrsn21 on November 21, 2013 at 12:26 am

I have some pictures. I’ll dig them out soon.

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