Whitehall Center Theater

4150 Brownsville Road,
Brentwood, PA 15227

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Architects: Victor A. Rigaumont

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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The Whitehall Center Theater opened November 1, 1940 as part of the Whitehall Shopping Center. The theater sat in the middle of the small Whitehall Shopping Center and resembled a cream colored castle, with a terra cotta facade and two huge towers on each side which had illuminated lanterns on top.

The Whitehall Center Theater basically showed second run movies as well as re-issued Disney classics.

Originally a single screen theater, the Whitehall Center Theater opened a second screen theater before closing in 1999.

The theater was closed along with the shopping center to make way for a new shopping plaza (Brentwood Towne Centre).

Contributed by Rick Aubrey

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 4, 2009 at 12:46 am

The Whitehall Theatre was designed by architect Victor A. Rigaumont. Photos of the Art Moderne house appeared in Boxoffice Magazine, February 27, 1943.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on August 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Opening night feature on October 31, 1940: “No Time For Comedy”, starring James Stewart and Rosalind Russell. Final day features on July 1, 1999: “Analyze This”, “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Doug’s 1st Movie”

WarnerChatham on May 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I grew up in Whitehall and went to this theatre often. This was one of the trio of theatres on Brownsville Road. The others being the Melrose and the Mount Oliver. When this theatre would get really crowded, I remember cars parking in the middle of the front parking lot, in addition to the regular side spaces. Later, they must of outlawed this because it would have made it tough for emergency vehicles to get through. This was a great neighborhood theatre. In the 1980’s, they use to have a once a month free movie that was sponcered by the merchants in the shopping center. The hope was you would go to the movie and return the favor by shopping at one or more of the stores there. While the Whitehall was part of the “Brentwood Whitehall Shopping Center”, it actually was located in Brentwood.

WarnerChatham on July 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Tinseltoes: Nice article on the old Whitehall Theatre. I lived in the area from 1967 to 1991, but I don’t remember the bowling alley. Where was it located?

James_Slick on May 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

When I first moved to Brentwood, The name of this place confused me. Doing research I found out that Whitehall Borough (next town over) was formed in 1948 (almost a decade after this center opened!) The just “stole” then name! “White Hall” was the name of a coachstop/tavern/hotel that is at the site of Slater’s Funeral home (Also in Brentwood!) Whiehall Center, The Davis farmhouse and The Point Veiw Hotel were three landmarks on Brownsville RD that were destroyed in the 2000s (Sad, I loved all 3!)

Doughboy on December 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

As a kid I went many times to the Saturday afternoon matinee.$.35 admission and $.15 for a box of popcorn.The line to get in went around the block.In 1961 went to see “Gorgo” Monster movies always drew the biggest crowds.

Triley32 on May 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm

The Theater was named Whitehall In Brentwood and the borough next door was also Whitehall both named for the Old Whitehall Tavern That is now Slaters Funeral Home

Triley32 on May 1, 2016 at 8:54 pm

Slater’s is across the street form the Theater, Now Towne Center Giant Eagle

Triley32 on May 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm

Grew up in Brentwood, we used to go almost every Saturday Morning.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on July 20, 2016 at 6:23 am

THe only time I was here was when I saw “Silence of the Lambs”.

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