Denis Theatre

685 Washington Road,
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228

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Previously operated by: Cinemette Corporation of America, Harris Amusement Co., Stanley-Warner Theatres

Architects: Victor A. Rigaumont

Previous Names: Harris-Denis Theatre, Denis Encore Theatres

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Denis Theatre

The Harris-Denis Theatre opened as a single screen movie theatre in 1938. This theatre was split, with the theatre on the orchestra called the Denis Theatre, and the one in the balcony called the Denis Encore Theatre. At the time I knew it it was an RKO Stanley-Warner theatre. When Almi took over they got rid of all RKO Stanley-Warner’s operations outside of the New York metropolitan area, and the Pittsburgh area theatres became Cinemette.

The Denis Quad Theatre, as it was last referred to, closed in September 2004 and was to be demolished to make way for retail and office space. Instead, there are plans to reopen it as a theatre, with fundraising underway.

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Recent comments (view all 62 comments)

Patsy on February 15, 2012 at 6:42 am

It’s nice to read about this Oscar night fundraiser and to see a photo of the Denis Theatre on Washington Rd.

JohnMessick on February 15, 2012 at 8:55 am

any photos of the interior?

Patsy on February 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

Yes, any photos?

CSWalczak on February 15, 2012 at 10:20 am

Two articles, each with an interior picture:

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And then there is this page from the Denis Theater Foundation’s site; it looks like very little of the theater’s original decor remains, probably lost when the theater was converted to a quad.

Patsy on February 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

CSWalczak: Thanks!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Back in 2010 I linked to a Boxoffice article about theater renovations which included a photo of the Denis Theatre in Mount Lebanon. That link is dead. The bad news is that Boxoffice is reconfiguring its digital archive and will be moving everything to a new format. The good news is that, for now at least, the old archive is still online, though somewhat altered, and I don’t know for how long.

In any case, while it lasts, here is the page with the photos of the Denis, from the issue of October 15, 1938. You can’t navigate directly from one page to the next anymore, so here is a direct link to the second page of the article with the text about the Denis.

denistheatre on September 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Nice to see some conversation here about The Denis! We are still in the midst of fundraising to re-open the theatre as “Four Spaces for Art” ((two theatres, a learning center/screening room, and year-round visual art gallery). Please follow along with our progress at and

Triley32 on May 1, 2016 at 9:04 pm

I believe I saw a restored Gone With The Wind around 1973 at the Denis. I remember it had a lot of Red Velvet And Brass.

popcorn_pete on March 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm

The Denis opened in 1938 says one source and was named after a senator’s son Denis Harris. Twinned 1965, quadrupled 1981, closed 2004. Purchased by a focus group, one screen reopened 2013 although probably not full-time, ongoing renovations.

DavidZornig on March 31, 2022 at 8:54 am

Updated official link for the Denis Theatre, as the link under Related Websites is dead. Also the Wikipedia page for the Denis Theatre.

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