Plaza II

4765 Liberty Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Previously operated by: Rowland and Clark Theaters, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Harry S. Bair

Functions: Café

Previous Names: Plaza Theater

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Plaza Theatre as it is now, a Starbucks.

The Plaza Theater in Pittsburgh was opened April 7, 1917 with George Beban in “His Sweetheart”. It closed as a movie theatre November 30, 1958 with Paul Newman in “Cat on a Hot Tim Roof” and Mickey Rooney in When Andy Harvey Comes Home". It reopened as a live theatre on March 9, 1973 with “The Fantasticks”.

On December 21, 1979 it reopened as a movie theatre. It was twinned and reopened May 19, 1989 as the Plaza II. It was closed December 3, 1998 with “Rush Hour” & “Antz”. It is now a Starbucks.

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Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

SusanD on September 22, 2008 at 7:27 am

I remember coming here as a teenager. It must have closed around the late 1990s.

SusanD on September 26, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Actually, I remember seeing “Pulp Fiction” here when I was 17.

71dude on April 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Photos from June 1981 and Feb. 1987:
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kencmcintyre on January 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm

At least they didn’t tear it down.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

A photo and floor plan of the Plaza Theatre appeared in the August, 1920, issue of the professional journal Architecture. It can be seen online here, courtesy of the Internet Archive. The caption attributes the design of the Plaza Theatre to architect Harry S. Bair, who also designed Pittsburgh’s Regent Theatre.

James_Slick on May 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

At some point (70s-80s) It became a 2 screen. The last Movie I saw there was an awfull “Nightmare on Elm St.” I forgot which on but it was “3D” and of course really bad =)

RSM3853 on June 28, 2014 at 8:15 am

The Plaza was DARK for many years. It was reopened in December 1979 with “Roller Boogie.”

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on April 12, 2018 at 9:12 am

Opened on April 7, 1917 with “His Sweetheart”, starring George Beban. Last day of first-run operation was apparently November 30, 1958 with “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” and “When Andy Hardy Comes Home”. Reopened for stage productions on March 9, 1973 with “The Fantasticks”. Reopened as a movie theater December 21, 1979 with “Roller Boogie”. Closed for renovations after February 24, 1989; reopened less than three months later on May 19 with two screens (and renamed “Plaza II”) with “Rain Main” and “Full Moon In Blue Water”. Final day of operation was December 3, 1998 with “Rush Hour” and “Antz”.

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