McBride Theater

509 Cavitt Avenue,
Trafford, PA 15085

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Architects: Casimir J. Pellegrini

Functions: Retail

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McBride Theater

Opened in 1921, the McBride Theater was remodeled in 1948 to the plans of architect Casimir J. Pellegrini. It is now home to Sherm Edwards Candies. “In 1977, Sherm and Dorothy purchased the old McBride Movie Theater in Trafford, renovated it and opened for business as Sherm Edwards Candies on December 8th, 1978”.

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kencmcintyre on December 15, 2008 at 11:33 am

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1963:

Clarence and George McBride, who operate the McBride Theater, have been in exhibition at Trafford for 42 years.

BruceVerish on January 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

My mom took me to this theatre to see Fantasia in the late 60’s. We only lived a few miles from it, up on Haymaker Rd.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

This item is from the May 14, 1921, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“J. McBride has built a $40,000 theatre at Trafford City, Pa. Yes, indeed, and some house it is, too, right up to the minute as far as modern houses are concerned. Mr. McBride is also in the grocery business there.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm

The July 10, 1948, issue of Boxoffice said that the McBride’s had plans to remodel their 1921-vintage theater at Trafford City:

“Trafford, Pa., McBride Closes to Renovate

“TRAFFORD, PA. — The McBride Theatre will be closed for several months for extensive remodeling from wall to wall and from ceiling to auditorium floor. Exterior modernization will include installation of a glass front and a new marquee. Auditorium and lobby will be newly painted, reseated, re-carpeted and new lighting systems and equipments and other fixtures will be installed, according to C. F. and George McBride. Among new features will be an enlarged lobby, a candy bar and new rest rooms. David Martin & Son has the general contract for the remodeling and the architect is Casimir Pellegrini.”

Casimir J. Pellegrini practiced architecture in Pittsburgh for about forty years from the 1920s into the 1960s.

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