McKnight Cinemas I & II

7217 McKnight Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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Previously operated by: Cinemette Corporation of America

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McKnight Cinemas, Pittsburgh, 1977

A twin screen cinema located on McKnight Road with Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduarte playing on both screens. It was later converted into a triplex. It closed on April 3, 1988 - the same weekend the Super Saver Cinemas opened a few miles away in Northway Mall.

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Wellington1 on September 29, 2007 at 8:55 am

This theater went up in the late 1960s in a smallish strip mall that was anchored by Zayre’s Department store (an early version of Target type stores). The 3 theaters were always small – it was the beginning of the era of small multiplexes and the division of the grand old theaters still standing into multiple screens. This theater showed 2nd run movies after they left the downtown theaters. I remember seeing some horror films there, and BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID.

On the site now is a Panera Bread restaurant.

rivest266 on March 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm

This was at 7217 McKnight Road

gwanner66 on April 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

I worked at this theatre during high school and my first summer of college. We had an odd assortment of movies in those years… first-runs that didn’t go to the bigger, newer Showcase Cinemas, some foreign/art house stuff, cheesy horror movies, and the “big” movie from our sister theater, the North Hills, after they got another feature. There were two good-sized screens and one “mini” in the back. There are very few of these types of theatres left.

71dude on April 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

Opened on Fri, Aug. 30, 1968 with “The Graduate” showing on both screens.

jwmovies on January 14, 2023 at 10:44 am

Judgung by the comments and photo above, this had 3 screens not 2 and should be changed.

Please update.

markp on January 14, 2023 at 4:33 pm

Looks like it opened as a twin then had one theatre split at some point.

markp on January 14, 2023 at 4:34 pm

Looks like it opened as a twin then had one theatre split at some point.

Tim Hartswick
Tim Hartswick on January 15, 2023 at 1:44 pm

Opened as a twin. Past the BoxOffice the lobby was split by a brick wall to prevent screen jumping. In the mid ‘70’s retail space next to the theater was repurposed into a third screen and the wall came down. The 3rd screen disappeared in the mid 80’s.

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