North Hills Theatre

North Hills Shopping Center,
McKnight Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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North Hills Theater, Pittsburgh, 1977

This theatre was built as a upscale single screen in 1964, and from the size and shape of the building looked to be a orchestra/stadium arrangement of about 1000 seats. I remember ads for 70mm roadshow engagements of “2001: A Space Odyssey”. It was originally part of the Stanley-Warner circuit. It closed in 1989 and was replaced by additional retail space.

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DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on March 4, 2009 at 5:21 am

Anybody got any color photos of this magnificent building? I was totally ticked when they tore it down. Great art-deco building and I really liked the red font lettering they used in NORTH HILLS THEATRE for the marquee.

carolgrau
carolgrau on November 7, 2009 at 12:03 am

I ran all of me in 84 here and they still used carbons for the lams. Was a great theatre.

71dude
71dude on June 4, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Opening…

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and closing…

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csepe
csepe on November 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

In 1989, when the full restoration print of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA was touring the country, this was the last remaining theater in the entire Greater Pittsburgh region able to show it because it was the last to have the appropriately sized screen and projection system. Then, within three months, it, too, was gone. I sat with George Romero for that LAWRENCE screening. So glad we needed that Circuit City.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm

71 dude,love the listings.remember playing quite a few of them.Some I forgot.

silvio72
silvio72 on August 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm

hello their i live in Canada and i always have a certain interest to go to Pittsburgh some day specially loving the nation football league and seeing my number one team the steelers play, i seen the North Hills Theater in a print ad which it lead me to your web site, the building it self is amazing of how things back then like anything else that was done with passion and great luv and it unfortunate and very sad that the building is not longer standing, it would of been nice if somebody keep it alive to see it in person, but not even one photo of it on the internet to see it full view, very very sad specially having a great passion for film a great dream of mine i would of like to seen some photos of it inside and out, this is why history should be restored rather then destroyed but that what u get when greedy fat cats trying to make a buck and wipe out things that are very beautiful

k2
k2 on February 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

I attended the first night when it was opened to the public with “Seven Days in May.” There was a special “invitation only” performance the night before. Excellent movie but it confused me that it was selected as the first film. It really was not one to show off the capabilities of the theater – a small screen and black and white. I believe that this was supposed to be the second largest screen in the area and that it was designed in order to show Cinerama. But it never came to be since Cinerama died out a few years later. With no real stage and only a few stairs leading up to the base of the curtains, the gold curtains stretched from wall to wall and ceiling to floor. These curtains continued for a short distance along either side of the theater. One could see where some slight modifications would allow Cinerama. The seats were also gold and I believe the carpets were red. I saw “Becket” here and the picture was massive and impressive. There was a balcony. I was only up there for the opening of “Airport.” This place holds a very special place in my heart since this was my wife and I’s first date: a re-release of “Doctor Zhivago.”

rivest266
rivest266 on September 7, 2014 at 10:04 am

April 9th, 1964 grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 29, 2018 at 6:35 pm

Sunday Blue Law was still in effect and voted on in 1963, prior to 1964 opening.

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bTIgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9k4EAAAAIBAJ&dq=north%20hills%20theater%20mcknight%20road&pg=5322%2C1702665&fbclid=IwAR0oTs5xKDVV4my3sqmlT4nGN_lPDtYE91BYWaeZn_YXukZpoyyApNHQqIk

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