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Benedum Center, Pittsburgh

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The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts is a theater and concert hall located at 237 7th Street in the Cultural District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Designed by the Philadelphia architectural firm Hoffman-Henon, it was built in 1928 as the Stanley Theatre. The former movie palace was renovated and reopened as the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in 1987.
The Stanley Theatre, built at a cost of $3 million, opened as a deluxe movie palace February 27, 1928, with seating for 3,800 people (it now seats 2,885). It was designed by the architectural firm Hoffman−Henon who were best known for their design of 35 theaters in the Philadelphia area. The Stanley Theatre was the largest movie theater in Western Pennsylvania. Operated by the Stanley Warner Theatres circuit division of Warner Bros., it was Pittsburgh's main first run house for all Warner Bros. film releases.
In 1974 War and King Crimson played at the Stanley.
In 1976, the Stanley was purchased and renovated by the Cinemette Corporation to be operated as a movie theater. In 1977, DiCesare Engler Productions bought the theater.
September 23, 1978, Frank Zappa played 2 sets at the Stanley Theatre. Ticket picture at: Frank Zappa - Full Concert - 10/13/78 - Capitol Theatre (OFFICIAL) + ticket
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  • We loved the performances of Grease we attended at this theatre. The theatre itself was built in 1928 and is decorated in the rococo style..just stunning! All staff, especially the ones in the Will Ca...  more »
  • Classic ballet—long on amazing dance, but story not that easy to follow over the course of 2 1/2 hours. Way too many parents brought young children expecting a kid-friendly recognizable version of the...  more »

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