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In preparing for the radio interview I did this morning, I came across several links that were of historical interest. Let me know if you find any others!

Come and Get It

First movie to ever play at the Lamp Theatre in March 1937

Come and Get It, the first movie to play at the Lamp in 1937.

Lamp Theatre photo from November 1981 and the movie listed on that marquee

Photos from 1995

The new owners of the Lamp Theater, left to right, Bill Chapman, David Sinclair and George Koury in the lobby of the theater.

A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 2005 article discussing history and renovation

A Norwin Star update from March 2005

June 2006 update

November 2007 article on the Lamp Theater renovation: A great historical timeline by Zandy Dudiak.

“The Lamp Theater opened with the movie “Come and Get It,” starring Joel McCrea, Frances Farmer and Edward Arnold, in March 1937. Matinee prices were 16 cents for adults, 11 cents for children, with an evening show costing 21 cents for adults. The Lamp first operated under the Aladdin Theatre Co. (the Aladdin Theatre was nearby). The company dissolved in 1942 and ownership fell to two of the three partners. In 1953, the theater was sold to a regional bank. Abraham Beter and Adelaide DelVitto bought the theater in 1964, and Beter and his wife acquired DelVitto’s share in 1976. Beter’s daughters, Jean Rebich and Eileen Eddy, took ownership when their parents died and ran the theater with Beter’s grandchildren. Jean and George Rebich bought full ownership in 1995 and operated the Lamp until 2004, when it closed. The Rebichs sold the theater to KCS Realty Investments — partners David Sinclair, Bill Chapman and George Koury, Jean Rebich’s cousin — in 2005. The Westmoreland Cultural Trust took possession this April [2007].

June 2008 article about dwindling recreation options in the east suburbs

Seats from Norwin Hills Cinema are donated to Lamp Theatre

November 2008 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article about the Lamp receiving donated seats from Norwin Hills Cinema

Norwin Star article about the Irwin Hotel fire in March 2009 that damaged the Lamp Theatre

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on Irwin Hotel fire

Flames shoot from the Irwin Hotel, located on Main Street in Irwin on March 5, 2009.

March 2009 article on damage assessment

A March 2009 article detailing fighting the Irwin hotel fire

April 2009 update

May 2009 update

May 2009 Lamp Theatre public opinion poll

August 2009 op-ed piece by Jennifer Fitzgerald

February 2010 blurb about a $15,000 grant to the Westmoreland Cultural Trust for restoration of the Lamp Theatre

A May 2010 update

May 19, 2011 Norwin Star article that started “Relight the Lamp” grassroots movement

A May 20, 2011 poll about the fate of the Lamp

June 9, 2011 update

A July 2, 2011 recap in the Tribune-Review about our clean-up effort

The Lamp Theatre at Cinema Treasures


About Kathleen

Kathleen Heuer is a serial arts advocate and volunteer. She is the mom of two beautiful girls, wife to a brilliant nuclear engineer, and referee between her golden retriever and her hissy 18-year-old cat. For more, go to

2 responses »

  1. Eileen Condie

    I started going to the Lamp and Aladin Theaters when I was about 4 or 5. I don’t know the cost since I obviously wasn’t paying, but many times there was standing room only! In the 60’s I took my children, never crowded but still seemed well attended. We continued to attend the theater until it closed. My family spans 5 generations in the Irwin area, which I think speaks well of this community. By all means Relight the Lamp.


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