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roxdude commented about North Park Theatre on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:13 am

I found two Shea’s movie palaces that operated in the Pittsburgh area. One is the Fulton Theater, in Downtown Pittsburgh, still in operation and Shea’s Orpheum, in McKees Rocks, which is still standing, but dark.

roxdude commented about Roxian Theatre on May 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Great news. The McKees Rocks borough council has approved to submit an grant application to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development for $500,000 towards the restoration of the Roxian Theater.

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roxdude commented about Plans to reopen Denis on May 1, 2008 at 8:31 am

This is great news. The Denis is a cornerstone of the Mt. Lebanon business district.

Community spaces are springing up all over W. Pa. McKees ROcks is currently redeloping several including the space once housing the Roxian Theater.

A win-win situation for both theater buffs and preservationists.

roxdude commented about Harris Theater on Jun 8, 2006 at 6:17 am

As a kid, I always wanted to sneek into the Art Cinema. It showed racy movies staring Jane Mansfield and the Immortal Mr. Teas series of movies. Big boobs, big tits and then some, from what I gathered from the marqee and movie posters. And it had some of the oldest broads sitting inside the ticket booth.

I still haven’t had time to see a movie in the renovated space. But that is on my “to do” list.

roxdude commented about Gateway Theatre on Jun 8, 2006 at 6:13 am

Ah the Gateway. So many memories like the Beatles, HELP! The lines would extend down 6th street and wrap around the Roosevelt Hotel.

This movie theater also participated in Ladies Day every Wednesday during the mid 60’s. As a kid, I went there after school for the last showing to see a movie for 50 cents. Loved those powered donuts.

roxdude commented about Chatham Cinema on Jun 8, 2006 at 6:03 am

This was a very nice example of a 1960’s era theater. It was one of the theaters that had ladies day every Wednesday. Kids as well as women were charged 50 cents for matinees until 5 pm. and coffee and donuts were served free. I saw a lot of movies during the summer there and I remember the big marquee for A Clockwork Orange. I was attending college at the University of Pittsburgh and the bus to the Oakland section of town passed by the theater every trip. I also enjoyed seeing the Sting there. A nice classy theater and a joy to watch first run movies there.

roxdude commented about Hollywood Theater on Jun 8, 2006 at 5:52 am

It is a shame that such a nice theater such as the Hollywood in Dormont is still closed.

With the right mix of movies and events, it could become a great theater again.

Just like so many theaters in the area, The Roxian, among others, the Hollywood gave so many of us hundreds of hours of movie thrills.

On another note, a 10 plex stadium seating theater is being built in the Robinson/McKees Rocks area. It should open by 2008. This is great news.

The Showcase West cinemas will finally have some competition. Hopefully the wrecking ball isn’t too far off in the future for these horrible movie theaters.

roxdude commented about Roxian Theatre on Apr 7, 2006 at 6:39 am

This theater while in operation was known as the Roxian. It has served in recent times until last year as a concert venue and banquet hall. It is now closed, but hopefully the community will be able to purchase it and turn it into a community theater. Currently the building across the street is being converted into a community cultural center.