119 6th 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 which opened September 21, 1891, and closed in 1933. Architect Edward B. Lee was employed to revamp the theatre which reopened August 30, 1934. It had a major roof collapse on November 14, 1940. It was rebuilt to the plans of architect John Eberson and reopened April 4, 1942 as the J. P. Harris Theatre, named after John P. Harris, who started the world’s first nickelodeon in Pittsburgh.
On December 30, 1960 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 6th Street. They renamed the theatre the Gateway Theatre. It underwent a remodeling in the Autumn of 1967 and was dark for several weeks.
On June 11, 1980 the Gateway Theatre closed with “Friday the 13th”. The theatre 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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