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Coraopolis Theater

coraopolis theatER

  • 1015 Fifth Avenue (built on land where the old Nesbit livery barn was once located)
  • opened March 29, 1920
  • Owned by William R. Wheat, Jr.
  • Sold to Anthony P. Jim in June 1924
  • Sold to F.E. McGillick in April 1929
  • 1 (12x16) screen, 715 seats
  • with use of Twin Unit Hallberg Generator, throw was 140 ft.
  • demolished by 1983

 Belle Bates and Lois Bates in front of the Coraopolis Theater, abt 1953 (image donated by Carol Johnson)

From Pittsburgh Moving Picture Bulletin vol9, no33, pg5.

1919-05-16 The Coraopolis Record

Sewickley Herald 27 Mar 1920

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  • 1919, Dec 10th – William R. Wheat has purchased two Powers 6B Cameragraphs, one Hallberg Twin Unit Generator and other equipment for his new house at Coraopolis, Pa., from the Pittsburgh U.T.E.

  • 1920, Apr 7th – One day last week at the auspicious grand and formal opening of the new Coraopolis theatre, among those most conspicuously present were Edwin Kelley and Ed H. Crawford, representing the Supreme Photoplay Productions. The large floral wreath, a token of success, presented to “Billy” Wheat, the owner and manager of the new theatre, by Harry Grelle, was much admired by the large audience that crowded to capacity this beautiful new theatre.

  • 1920, May 29th – Bill Wheat has booked “Mickey” for showing in June at his beautiful new Coraopolis theatre at Coraopolis, Pa.

  • 1920, June 19th – “Mickey” played Bill Wheat’s beautiful new Coraopolis theatre on Friday June 11 to capacity and when you say capacity you are showing to some crowd, as the Coraopolis seats 800 and stands 200. Friday, June 11 was the hottest day we have had so far this Summer, proving this picture is good in all kinds of weather. The Mickey Trio played for the engagement.

  • 1920, Oct 9th – Supports production company Associated Producers, Inc., 729 Seventh Ave., New York City.

  • 1920, Nov. 27th – Manager Bill Wheat of the Sewickley and Coraopolis theatres has booked the entire Universal output.

  • 1921, April 9th – Mr. Wheat, manager of the Coraopolis theatre, Coraopolis, Pa., has a method of saving current, and at the same time giving a good clear picture to his patrons.  He is able to get the results with a current of 30 to 40 amp for a throw of 140 feet. The picture is approximately 12x16 on a metallic surface screen. These remarkable results are obtained by a twin unit set up of Halberg 20-40 ampere motor generator, one being used on each projector. The projectors are Powers 6-B machines, which were purchased at the local U.T.E. office. The moral which we wish to point out in this instance is that the high amperage is not necessary on long throws to get good projections

  • 1922, Jan. 14th – “Billy” Wheat, popular picture house owner of Sewickley and Coraopolis, says that in twelve-years of experience in the show business, the last year was the first one in which the receipts for Christmas Day were higher than those of New Years Day.

  • 1922, Feb. 25th – “The Leather Pushers”, the Greatest series of 2-Reel Pictures ever produced, booked at Coraopolis Theatre.  Film by Universal Film Exchange, Inc., 1018 Forbes Street, Pittsburgh.

  • 1922, July 15th – The Photoplay “Mr. Dead Man’s Island,” which was filmed in the Sewickley Valley by George Bates, was shown in Bill Wheats Sewickley theatre last Wednesday night. It was a benefit affair for the Sewickley Valley Hospital Cot Club. Over $500 was realized for the one night’s showing. The pictures was shown in Coraopolis Monday and Ambridge on Tuesday.

  • 1922, December 2nd – William Wheat, Jr., Sewickley and Coraopolis, exhibited at the meeting of the Motion Picture Theatre Owners of Western Pennsylvania last Friday noon at the General Forbes Hotel in Pittsburgh. Honored Guest was Sydney S. Cohen, President of the Motion Picture Theatre Owners of America.

  • 1923, April 21st – Wm. Wheat exhibited at the Convention.

  • 1924, May 3rd – Wm. R. Wheat, Sewickley and Coraopolis, registered at the session of the fourth annual convention of the Motion Picture Theatre Owners of Western Pennsylvania, held at the Fort Pitt Hotel, Pittsburgh, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.

  • 1923, May 26th – “Her Accidental Husband” is showing at Coraopolis Theater. [Belasco] Starring Miriam Cooper, Forrest Stanley, Mitchell Lewis, Maude Wayne, Richard Tucker, and Kate Lester. [Progress Pictures Corporation, 1028 Forbes Street, Pittsburgh, Pa.]

  • 1923, May 26th –Columbia Scores Again having just acquired Rudolph Valentino and His Eighty-Eight American Beauties A partial list of the live-wire exhibitors who have answered opportunity’s call: Coraopolis, Coraopolis.  Columbia Film Service, Inc., 1010 Forbes Street, Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • 1923, June 2nd – William R. Wheat, Sewickley and Coraopolis, exhibited at Chicago Convention

  • 1923, Aug 18th – Pathecomedy’s “Roll Call” with Ben Turpin, Spat Family, Will Rogers, Stan Laurel, Snub Pollard, and Mack Sennett showing at Coraopolis.

  • 1924, March 8th – Installation of the new $15,000 organ in the Coraopolis theatre was completed recently. The organ was informally dedicated with a special musical program at the evening performance Thursday a week ago. The new instrument has 35 stops and is electrically operated, the only part being visible is the keyboard cabinet. It was designed and built especially for the Coraopolis theatre by the Gottfried Co., of Erie. A. Gottfried, the inventor, spent several days in Coraopolis personally supervising the finishing touches of the installation. The organ has many special features in its character of tone, and has been tuned and voiced to meet the special requirements of the theatre. The organ was installed by the Seltzer Music Co. of Pittsburgh, Jos. Scharold and Victor Nelson having the work in charge. Mrs. Marie Thomas, an organist of note of Ambridge, who has helped in the tuning process at the factory in Erie, was in Coraopolis to assist Mr. Gottfried at the dedication. Installation of the organ required three weeks.

  • 1924, June 28th – William R. Wheat has sold his Coraopolis theatre to Anthony P. Jim, of the Strand theatre, Woodlawn, the new owner having taken charge last Monday. Wheat built and opened the house a little over four years ago, and it has been a good proposition for him ever since. In the future he will devote all of his time to his beautiful Sewickley theatre at Sewickley. It is rumored that Jim is also dickering for Max Weintraub’s Lyric theatre, the only other house in Coraopolis.

  • 1924, July 12th – Anthony P. Jim, owner of the Strand theatre, Woodlawn, and who recently purchased Wheat’s Coraopolis theatre, has also taken over Max Weintraub’s Lyric theatre in Coraopolis, and now controls the town of Coraopolis.

  • 1929, April 20th – The Lyric and Coraopolis theatres at Coraopolis, have been sold by Anthony P. Jim, of Aliquippa, to F.E. McGillick of Pittsburgh. L.H. Goehring is manager of the Coraopolis and Anthony Apone is in charge of the Lyric. The sale price has not been announced.

  • 1929, May 11th – William R. Wheat is about ready to commence construction of his 1000-seat, $75,000 theatre in Coraopolis.

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