Coliseum Theater

Brownsville Road,
Mount Oliver, PA 15210

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Located in Mt. Oliver, PA a borough in Allegheny County surrounded by Pittsburgh. The Coliseum Theatre was opened around 1911. The original street name at that time was Southern Avenue and a press advertisement stated that “Top Notch Releases of the Latest Photoplays” were being screened. It was still open when it got a mention in the March 19, 1919 edition of The Billboard, when the operator was named as Fred J. Herrington, who was also the secretary of the American Exhibitors' Association.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2024 at 12:13 am

An interesting fragment about the Coliseum Theatre appears in an article about Fred J. Harrington in the April 16, 1927 issue of Moving Picture World: “Fred was an exhibitor when the industry was young, having opened the Fairyland Theatre in the South Hills in 1905, this being the first theatre in that district. In 1909 he transferred his activities to Mount Oliver, where he built the Coliseum Theatre on the spot where A. A. Weiland’s Rialto Theatre now stands, he having sold the house to Mr. Weiland in 1919.”

The new Rialto was mentioned in the September 18, 1920 MPW: “The new Rialto Theatre on Mt. Oliver, Pittsburgh, another Weiland house, is rapidly nearing completion and present indications are that it will be ready for opening about the first of October. The organ, one of the finest in Pittsburgh, is now being installed.”

I think the Rialto in this item must be the Rialto we have listed at 220 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh. If so, the Coliseum must have had the same or nearly the same address. Trade journals from the period mention some other theater names in Mount Olive. So far I’ve come across houses called the State, the Mirror and the Edyth, but no details about any of them.

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