Conservatory of Performing Arts

Point Park to Collect Pittsburgh Playhouse Memories

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

“Share Your Pittsburgh Playhouse Memories’” offers an opportunity to say goodbye to old Pittsburgh Playhouse before its move to new state-of-the-art facility Downtown.

In June 2018, the 85-year-old Pittsburgh Playhouse building on Craft Avenue in Oakland is officially closing its doors.

During that time, the theater has played host to numerous student, professional and children’s productions, was the site of a swinging 1960s restaurant, an art gallery focused on Pittsburgh artists and, before that, a German beer hall, a private residence and a temple.

"Share Your Pittsburgh Playhouse Memories is an opportunity for us to collect the funny, bittersweet, happy and transformative moments of this unique place where they can live and be enjoyed by everyone."

-- Kim Martin


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To say a proper goodbye to the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the special place it holds for so many, Point Park University announces the Share Your Pittsburgh Playhouse Memories initiative, an effort to collect memories about the Playhouse from anyone it touched, including Point Park University and Conservatory of the Performing Arts alumni, staff, faculty, theater-goers and the public.

“The Playhouse, as beloved as it is, was never meant to be a performing arts facility,” said Kim Martin, producing director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse. “While we are thrilled to be moving into our new 85,000-square-foot theater Downtown, we also recognize that this funny, quirky building holds a special place in many people’s hearts.”

Visitors can click on Share Your Pittsburgh Playhouse Memories link on the Pittsburgh Playhouse website to share their memory .

In addition, the University is planning a Lights Out event in June 2018 that will include food, music and live performances. Details and ticket availability will be announced soon.

The new Pittsburgh Playhouse, scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, is a six story state-of-the-art teaching and theater facility that will feature three theaters, a large sound stage, scene shop, paint shop, generous rehearsal studios and dressing rooms, and a theater with a proscenium and thrust stage to offer maximum versatility. Backstage activities will be visible to passers-by from large windows, helping to connect the community to the work that goes into theater arts performances. 

“I spent most of my young adult life at the Playhouse and there are so many memories,” said Martin. “Share Your Pittsburgh Playhouse Memories is an opportunity for us to collect the funny, bittersweet, happy and transformative moments of this unique place where they can live and be enjoyed by everyone.” 

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