West End Theatre

140-142 W. Main Street,
Uniontown, PA 15401

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The West End Theatre was opened as a playhouse on October 20, 1903 with the play “The Sulton of Sulu”. The building was a single story that was 5 bays wide and had 1,800 seats. It was screening movies prior to 1914. It was still open in 1936, but was listed as (Closed) in Film Daily Yearbooks 1937-1943. It was not listed in 1950, so possibly never reopened. It has been demolished. The building on the site today is in use as VFW Post 47.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 1, 2018 at 11:26 pm

Harry Beeson’s West End Theatre was described in the 1909-1910 Cahn guide as a 1,800-seat, ground floor house with a stage 62 feet between side walls and 43 feet from the footlights to the back wall. The height to the rigging loft was 60 feet. There were six players in the orchestra.

A History of Uniontown: The County Seat of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, By James Hadden, published in 1913, says that the West End Theatre opened on October 20, 1903 with a play titled “The Sultan of Sulu.”

SethG on January 9, 2020 at 1:57 pm

This building has been demolished. There’s a cheap pre-fab business center on the site now. The 2007 streetview is the typical blurry mess, but it’s possible the VFW was the same building. The insurance maps show it as three stories, not two, but it could have been cut down.

SethG on January 9, 2020 at 2:06 pm

The 1914 map shows a very deep stage, a deep horseshoe balcony extending all the way to that, and a long narrow central entry between a bookstore and a grocery. Apartments were on the second floor, and a dance hall occupied the third, which must have been miserable for the apartment dwellers.

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