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, the first movie to play at the Lamp in 1937.
A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 2005 article discussing history and renovation
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 .“
June 2008 article about dwindling recreation options in the east suburbs
Norwin Star article about the Irwin Hotel fire in March 2009 that damaged the Lamp Theatre
August 2009 op-ed piece by Jennifer Fitzgerald
May 19, 2011 Norwin Star article that started “Relight the Lamp” grassroots movement
A July 2, 2011 recap in the Tribune-Review about our clean-up effort
The Lamp Theatre at Cinema Treasures