Cinema 22

William Penn Highway,
Monroeville, PA 15146

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DRIVEIN101 on April 11, 2018 at 11:04 am

Final day of operation was July 28, 1985 with “Pale Rider”

rivest266 on September 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm

December 22nd, 1967 grand opening ad in photo section

RSM3853 on January 7, 2014 at 8:42 am

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

csepe on November 27, 2010 at 12:30 am

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.

71dude on January 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm


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

71dude on March 18, 2009 at 9:37 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

oldwilliampenn on June 7, 2008 at 12:57 pm

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

AndyT on June 7, 2008 at 10:52 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.

edblank on June 7, 2008 at 7:01 am

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

oldwilliampenn on June 7, 2008 at 5:55 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 on June 6, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Cinema 22 had 775 seats.

Cinema 22, in Monroeville Plaza, and the Monroe, at 3813 William Penn Highway – both on Route 22, have merged in my memory. Does anyone remember which had a spiral staircase in the lobby?

oldwilliampenn on September 11, 2006 at 5:33 pm

I believe it is presently used by Papermart for their retail operations, but the space was much larger so some type of demolition must have occured, unless they use a lot of space somewhere in the back for merchandise storage.

71dude on April 28, 2006 at 3:21 am

I think it was in the plaza with the Lone Star and Big Lots, but I don’t know exactly which space.

raubre on April 27, 2006 at 2:41 pm

Where in Monroeville was this theater located?

71dude on April 27, 2006 at 2:37 pm

The last feature to play here was “Pale Rider” on July 28, 1985.