1600 5th Avenue,
1600 5th Avenue,Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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The Uptown Cameraphone Theatre launched August 9, 1913 with Clara Kimball Young in “A Faithful Servant.” The buff brick and stone new-build venue was a Mission Revival-styled theater bathed in green. It should be aka Uptown Cameraphone as it was marketed briefly as the Uptown Cameraphone Theatre.
Full size 11/17/32 photo added credit Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection.
The November 8, 1913, issue of trade journal The Moving Picture World had this item: “The Cameraphone Co., of Pittsburgh, H. Beatty, General Mgr., has added two more houses to their string. Cameraphone, at Sharpsburgh, seating capacity 530; Cameraphone, 1600 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, seating capacity 500, all doing good business.”
Five theaters were opened under the name Cameraphone by T.M. Barnesdale in 1908. These included the Cameraphone in East Liberty and the Cameraphone “…on lower Fifth avenue….” in Downtown Pittsburgh (I think this latter must have been the house at 347 Fifth Avenue that later became the Cameo Theatre.) A third Cameraphone was on Carson Street on the south side, according to this article in the July 15, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World.
The East Liberty Cameraphone was taken over by a partnership of H.B. Kester and W.C. Beatty not long after it opened. The H. Beatty who was general manager of the Cameraphone Company in 1913 was most likely a relative of W.C. Beatty. Kester was apparently out of the partnership by 1913, though he still operated the East Liberty Cameraphone. The Cameraphone Company that operated this house was established in 1913, and its president was James B. Clark.
There is a rather large building at that address now. The business is a plasma donation center: