Oaks Theater

310 Allegheny River Boulevard,
Oakmont, PA 15130

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Architects: Victor A. Rigaumont

Functions: Live Music Venue, Live Performances, Movies (Classic), Movies (Film Festivals)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 888.718.4253
Manager: 412.828.6322

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Oaks Theater

The Oaks Theater opened November 18, 1938 with Adolphe Menjou & Andrea Leeds in “Letter of Introduction”. Seating was provided for 660, all on a single floor. It is one of the last single screen theaters in the area.

The theater was purchased by three friends in January 2002 and is continuing to operate as a single screen art house cinema.

In addition to an earlier renovation which reduced seating capacity from 660 to 430, the new owners have renovated the lobby and concession stand while restoring the theater’s vintage marquee. It went over to mainly live music venue use with stand-up comedy by early-2018, but still screens occasional classic movies and participates in film festivals.

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Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

dimples412 on February 6, 2004 at 1:04 pm

The Oaks theater is not located in Oakstown PA. It is in Oakmont PA. Which you indicate in your article, but have listed wrong on top and in your searches. It is also located on Allegheny River Boulevard.

DaveLichtenfels on February 21, 2006 at 8:51 am

The Oaks Theater has lost most of its art deco decor, but it has been beautifully updated by the three current owners. The clean, modern appearance of the entire facility truly makes it a community resource – showing films, presenting guest speakers, children and family programs, and midnight summer movies.
“Pittsburgh is a great place to be if you love movies…and one of the main reasons why is THE OAKS THEATER…Oakmont’s own cinematic oasis…The region’s most unpredictable maverick moviehouse!” — PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
BTW, the original owners and operators of the theater, from its opening in the 1940’s through the 1990’s, were Stephen Rodnok and his son, Stephen Rodnok, Jr.
Stephen Rodnok, Jr. passed away last summer, July 2005, in St.Petersburg, Florida at the age 90.

carolgrau on May 10, 2006 at 6:59 pm

I hope the first thing they did was gget rid of the stupid sword projection system the theatre had.Steve was the only one who ever liked the damn thing. The rest of us hated it.

DaveLichtenfels on April 3, 2008 at 12:10 am

I examined a copy of the opening night program while visiting in November 2007. The Oaks Theater’s gala opening was on November 18, 1938. Adolphe Menjou and Andrea Leeds starred in LETTER OF INTRODUCTION.
The theater architect was listed as VICTOR A. RIGAUMONT, and the contractor was DOMINIC NAVARRO.

ectoace on April 13, 2008 at 9:44 pm

The theater was actually opened in 1938, not ‘41 as listed above. I know this because I work there. And we are still alive and kicking.

SusanD on July 16, 2008 at 9:09 am

An interesting place to see a movie. It’s a bit of a drive from where I live (Squirrel Hill), but I’ve been here a couple of times and it’s an enjoyable place.

SusanD on April 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I went here recently with some friends to see “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”. Still a great little place to see a show. I like these places way more than AMC.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Boxoffice is moving its online archive to a new format. For the time being the old archive is still online, but it no longer has direct internal links from one page to the next, so here is a link to the second page of the article Tinseltoes linked to in the previous comment.

Keith on April 8, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Now a live musuc venue.

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