Cinema 22

William Penn Highway,
Monroeville, PA 15146

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Cinema 22

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This was one of two theatres located on William Penn Highway (Route 22) in Monroeville. It was opened December 22, 1967, by RKO Stanley – Warner. The theatre had RCA/Brenkert projectors and 35mm magnetic stereo sound.

Purchased by Cinemette in 1973 and closed in the mid-1980’s

Contributed by Doug Kght

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oldwilliampenn
oldwilliampenn on June 7, 2008 at 2:55 am

It was the Monroeville Theatre at 3813 William Penn Highway – it was part of the Zayre Shopping Center. The spiral staircase was still used when it converted to the first Pittsburgh location of Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre.

edblank
edblank on June 7, 2008 at 4:01 am

Thank you for clarifying that the staircase was in the Monroe rather than in Cinema 22, Will.

AndyT
AndyT on June 7, 2008 at 7:52 am

I guess I’m kind of like Ed; the Monroeville theaters of the 70s have merged for me. I remember the Zayre store, and I have just the vaguest recollection of this theater. I must have gone there —– I was as big a movie buff then as I am now. I moved away from Penn Hills in 1980, so my memory is frozen in the past.

oldwilliampenn
oldwilliampenn on June 7, 2008 at 9:57 am

Cinema 22 was located midpoint of the Monroeville Plaza generally where Papermart is now located.

71dude
71dude on March 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

These titles played here in 1977:

01/01 The Shaggy D.A.
02/10 Network
03/25 All the President’s Men
04/01 Demon Seed
04/20 The Town That Dreaded Sundown
04/27 The Cassandra Crossing
05/04 It’s Alive!
05/13 Murder by Death
05/27 The Sting
06/15 Airport ‘77
06/22 For the Love of Benji
07/13 The Boatniks
07/20 Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
07/27 A Bridge Too Far
08/24 Bad News Bears in Breaking Training
09/14 The Farmer/Taxi Driver
09/21 Exorcist II: The Heretic
09/28 The Outlaw Josey Wales
10/12 The Spy Who Loved Me
10/19 Barbarella
10/26 Last Remake of Beau Geste
11/04 Record City
11/11 Darby O'Gill and the Little People
11/18 The Magic Pony
12/07 Pumping Iron
12/16 Pete’s Dragon

71dude
71dude on January 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm

1978:

01/01 Pete’s Dragon
01/27 The Choirboys
02/15 Beyond and Back
03/03 Candleshoe
03/22 Return from Witch Mountain
04/14 The Medusa Touch
04/21 Oh, God!
04/28 FM
05/17 It Lives Again!
05/24 Jason and the Argonauts
05/31 The Fury
06/07 House Calls
06/14 In Search of the Castaways
06/21 The Jungle Book
07/12 Cat from Outer Space
08/02 Corvette Summer
08/16 Hot Lead and Cold Feet
09/06 Warlords of Atlantis
09/13 Saturday Night Fever
09/22 The Buddy Holly Story
09/27 Semi-Tough
10/04 Revenge of the Pink Panther
10/13 No Longer Alone
10/27 Comes a Horseman
11/10 The Wild Geese
11/22 The Mouse and His Child
11/29 Take All of Me
12/04 -12/21 CLOSED
12/22 Pinocchio

csepe
csepe on November 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I saw a rotten Disney movie at this theater about Vikings and orcas (the title was something about the top of the world?). The front facade looked like a barn. I’m having a hard time believing it had 775 seats because even as a kid it didn’t look all that big to me, and I knew big theaters at that time.

RSM3853
RSM3853 on January 7, 2014 at 6:42 am

@csepe: It was “The Island at the Top of the World,” Disney’s Christmas picture for 1974.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm

December 22nd, 1967 grand opening ad in photo section

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