1829 E. Allegheny Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
Architects: Louis Magaziner
Styles: Art Deco
The Midway Theatre opened on December 24, 1932 with Joe E. Brown in “You Said A Mouthful”. It was designed by the firm of Magaziner, Eberhard, and Harris for Samuel Shapiro. Besides a 2,727-seat movie theatre with 2,371-seats in the orchestra and 356-seats in the balcony, and the 72ft wide stage was one of the largest in the city, which was used occasionally in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The building also housed offices, stores, and a restaurant. It stood on E. Allegheny Avenue near Kensington Avenue.
The Art Deco-style theatre featured a large vertical sign rising over a gear-like semi-circular marquee (later replaced by a simple triangular-shaped marquee). By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
The Midway Theatre closed on October 20, 1977 with Jacqueline Bisset in “The Deep”. Plans were proposed to convert into a rock music theatre, and it was repainted, but local opposition thwarted those plans. It was torn down in August 1979. A Burger King was later built on the site, today a Dunkin' Donuts.
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