Guild Theatre

1922 Murray Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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Functions: Community Center

Previous Names: Princess Theatre, Beacon Theatre

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The Guild Theatre

Located in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. Originally opened as the Princess Theatre. In 1937 it was renamed Beacon Theatre. It was renamed Guild Theatre on December 31, 1954 and was closed March 24, 1979.

It became a deli. In 1982 was occupied by Gullifty’s restaurant. In recent years they moved out and by 2017 it is occupied by The Friendship Circle.

Contributed by Rick Aubrey

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

kencmcintyre on October 21, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Ed, that’s the way they are posted on Google archives. I don’t know that you can re-format it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2010 at 6:27 am

As noted in Ed Blank’s comment of June 3, 2008, the Guild had once been called the Princess Theatre. The name was changed to the Beacon Theatre in 1937, according to Boxoffice of April 3 that year. The item said the Princess had been closed for a week for renovations before reopening as the Beacon on Easter Sunday.

Boxoffice of January 1, 1955, made a reference to “…the Guild Theatre, formerly the Beacon, in Squirrel Hill.” The house had adopted an art policy, competing with Stanley Warner’s nearby Squirrel Hill Theatre.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on September 9, 2013 at 7:18 am

And now Gullifty’s is scheduled to close.

rivest266 on September 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

December 31st, 1954 grand opening ad in photo section.

Notthemayor on February 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

The last night of operation for the Guild Theater was March 24, 1979. The final movie to grace the screen there was Animal House. Through the 1970s it was primarily a revival house, with frequent showing of the Marx Brothers, WC Fields, Charlie Chaplin. It was owned by brothers Ralph & Millard Green. Afterwards it was a deli for almost 35 years, first known as the Guild Deli before becoming Gullifty’s in 1982.

hms1936 on April 23, 2017 at 8:23 pm

A step further into the Beacon Theater history!…The Beacon, as I knew it growing up in Pittsburgh, was owned by my Uncle Dave and my Aunt Pauline Green, They bought the Beacon Theater when the name was changed from the Princess Theater (1937) When Uncle Dave passed away, then my cousins, Ralph and Millard and Aunt Pauline owned the theater. My mother was a “Green” Her Father was Uncle Dave’s brother.

RickB on April 24, 2017 at 3:50 am

Looks like this one is now occupied by The Friendship Circle, an organization for people with special needs.

edblank on April 24, 2017 at 11:50 am

Am I correct that both Ralph and Millard Green died many years ago? (And I’m thinking Ralph died first.) They were a hoot — separately and especially together.

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