Plaza Theatre

Brownsville Avenue,
Brownsville, PA 15417

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Architects: Harry S. Bair

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The 1,000-seat Plaza Theatre opened in Fall of 1933. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual 4 ranks organ. The building also housed a dance hall. Last movie show was approximately 1967. Used for plays/live entertainment on and off until mid-1980’s. The Plaza Theatre has since been demolished.

Contributed by E Burke

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bobs on July 14, 2004 at 2:20 pm

This beautifully ornate theater has been demolished – a victim of total neglect. The Robert Morton theater pipe organ, however, was recovered and has been donated to the local historical society. It is presently being installed in a historic building just a short distance from the former Plaza Theater. Apparently no effort was made to preserve any of the ornate moldings/castings from the elegant facade. A tragic loss. I have some pictures of the theater and the Robert Morton Pipe Organ.

stagelight on January 30, 2006 at 8:40 am

In 1982, the theatre was purchased by The Laurel Co.,a limited partnership, with the intention of starting a regional theatre.
– Sunday Times-Review, Fayette Section, January 17, 1982.
– The Telegraph, Vol. 68, No. 158, article by Donna Hadjuk, w/photo.

The venture failed, however the partners did establish a theater company in Pittsburgh.

telecoustic83 on April 5, 2006 at 8:51 pm

Unfortunately I have never seen the old Plaza theater, but I am on the rebuilding effort of its Robert Morton organ. Nice little organ. I was wondering, theaterbob, if you could possible send me the pictures of the old theater and the organ to show the other folks on the rebuilding squad as we were talking about how we were wondering how it looked inside. Also where were the pipe chamber(s) that was another big subject of wonder that came up. if you would like, you can send me some pictures my email is

dallasmovietheaters on November 29, 2015 at 6:14 am

Harry S. Bair architected the Plaza Theatre

SethG on January 4, 2018 at 11:43 am

Streetview is wrong. This was on Brownsville Ave, back from Market.

SethG on January 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm

Not that it really makes any difference, but the theater was sort of where the minivan is parked (on the other side of the street).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 3, 2023 at 6:37 pm

The “Theater Changes Reported By the Film Boards of Trade” section of the October 28, 1933 issue of Film Daily listed the Plaza Theatre at Brownsville as a new theater.

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