Parkway Theater

644 Broadway,
McKees Rocks, PA 15136

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Architects: Samuel Barbalat

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: West Park Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 412.766.1668

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Parkway Theater

The West Park Theatre was opened by 1932. It was remodeled in 1938 to the plans of architect Samuel Barbalat and reopened as the Parkway Theatre. It was still open in 1957. After being used as a church & youth center, the building was sold in October 2011, with proposals to reopen as a movie theatre. It reopened in 2014.

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Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on April 29, 2009 at 7:45 am

I remember the 1985 version of the Parkway, but never saw the 1982 version. Great!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

The former West Park Theatre was scheduled to open soon as the Parkway Theatre, according to Boxoffice of November 16, 1935. It had been entirely remodeled inside and out. The house had been closed for about two years before the remodeling began, according to an earlier Boxoffice item. I’ve been unable to discover when the West Park opened.

The Parkway was closed for several months following a fire in late 1973, according to a February 11, 1973, Boxoffice item announcing its reopening.

In addition to the Parkway and Roxian, McKees Rocks supported at least three other theaters. These were the Orpheum (Shea’s Orpheum), open before 1935 and closed in 1959; The Regent, open before 1935, in which year it suffered a fire, and closed in the spring of 1956; and the Colony, 720 Broadway, apparently opened in 1931 and closed in April, 1952.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

The second paragraph of my previous comment should read “…a February 11, 1974 Boxoffice item.”

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on April 13, 2011 at 10:58 am

I drove past the Parkway earlier this week and saw FOR SALE signs on the marquee. Could we see a possible comeback here?

LINCOLNBARBER on October 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I just closed on the Parkway October 10th,2011 Plan on reopening the theater as a 80-100 seat film center. With a Restaurant/Bar in the front. There are so many films that this theater will introduce to the public. Foreign,indies and classics. Will also have live entertainment-mainly Jazz. Lots of Garbage was left behind-been in there cleaning it out. More info to come later.

RSM3853 on January 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Good Luck on your restoration! I only got to go to the Parkway once,but I can still remember it. I got there early for the feature and I have a picture in my mind of a long hallway to get to the men’s room, which I needed to use badly after the bus ride and walk to get there. Oh, by the way…the movie was great…it was “The Wind and the Lion” with Sean Connery and Candice Bergen.

Chris1982 on August 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm

The Parkway Theatre has reopened. They have a facebook page Telephone No. 412.766.1668

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2021 at 7:09 pm

The Parkway Theatre underwent another remodeling in 1938, as noted in the November 12 issue of Boxoffice:

“McKees Rocks, Pa. — Parkway Theatre is undergoing extensive remodeling and will be closed until Christmas, Al Glazer, proprietor, stated this week. A glass front and a new marquee are being installed. The auditorium also is being decorated. Sam Barbalat is the architect on the remodeling.”

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