119 Sixth Street,
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The Gateway Theatre was located in downtown Pittsburgh in what is now the city’s Cultural District. It was built on the site of the Alvin Theatre of 1891, which had a roof collapse in 1938. It was rebuilt to the plans of architect John Eberson and reopened in 1941 as the J. P. Harris Theatre, named after John P. Harris, who started the world’s first nickelodeon in Pittsburgh.
In 1961 the theatre was bought by George and Ernest Stern, whose Associated Theaters chain also included the Fulton Theatre, which was several doors away at 101 Sixth Street. They renamed the theatre the Gateway Theatre. It underwent a remodeling in the Autumn of 1967 and was dark for several weeks.
In 1982 the theatre closed and was remodeled into a health club called the City Club. The club was bought in 1999-2000 by the health club chain Bally’s, and it still operates as that today. But the front of the club is easily identifiable as a former movie theatre.
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