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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

February 18, 2005: Lamp Theatre Sold

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

A Norwin Star update from March 2005

June 2006 update

January 12, 2007: Irwin Project, Main Street program get new leadership:

The Westmoreland Cultural Trust, owner of the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, assumed ownership last year of the Lamp Theatre on Main Street in Irwin. It has plans to adapt the stage to accommodate both films and live productions, including plays, concerts and bands, and will bring in acts from outside the region, as well as local productions. The Lamp closed at the end of 2004.

“The theater can be a community anchor to draw people in and once you have people in, there can be other events and businesses that keep them in the downtown,” O’Brien said. “Our goal is to get the Lamp up and running.”

May 11, 2007: Irwin’s Lamp Theatre Excites Interest

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

October 23, 2008: Grant may brighten future of Lamp Theater in Irwin
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

June 26, 2009: Irwin Hotel to be demolished

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

June 16, 2011: East at a glance:

Additionally, Karen Glass, a North Huntingdon resident and chairwoman of Relight the Lamp, updated council on plans for restoring the Lamp Theater on Main Street.

She said the project to restore the theater needed a $50,000 commitment from council to secure state and county funds. Relight the Lamp is seeking volunteers to maintain the property while fundraising is ongoing. More information can be found at

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

July 7, 2011: Relight the Lamp group teams with Irwin Project

August 25, 2011: Architect hired

August 29, 2011 Lamp Theatre progress poll

August 30, 2011: InNorwin Magazine

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September 20, 2011: From the McKeesport Daily News: Group committed to relighting Irwin’s Lamp Theatre

September 23, 2011 : From the Tribune Review: Lamp Theatre group fundraising for lights, cameras, action (Seat sponsorship)

November 3, 2011: From The Norwin Star: Relight the Lamp hopes to raise $50,000 by end of 2011 for theater

November 15, 2011: From The Tribune-Review
Relighting the Lamp:
A grassroots fundraising effort is under way to restore and reopen Irwin’s Lamp Theater on Main Street. The group hopes to raise $50,000 by Christmas, according to one member. The commitment of the Relight the Lamp campaign is evident in the enthusiasm of its participants. Here’s hoping for a “green” Christmas.

December 2, 2011: From the McKeesport Daily News: A recap of the Marquee Club Mixer at Cafe Supreme

Irwin Council member Debbie Kelly and Michael Langer of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust at Relight the Lamp's Marquee Club Mixer on December 1, 2011.

Irwin Council member Debbie Kelly and Michael Langer of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust at Relight the Lamp’s Marquee Club Mixer on December 1, 2011.

December 8, 2011: Norwin Star: Officials hope to see Lamp re-lit by fall

December 9, 2011: Norwin Star: Project to reopen Irwin’s Lamp Theatre looking brighter

December 29, 2011: Norwin Star: Relight the Lamp is the #3 top story of 2011

February 3, 2012: Norwin Star: Plans for Irwin theater renovation nearly done

March 1, 2012: Norwin Star: Rotary Club of Norwin to help Relight the Lamp

March 1, 2012: McKeesport Daily News: Lamp Theatre restoration project gets big boost from Norwin Rotary

March 5, 2012: Tribune Review: Lamp Theatre on track for fall reveal

June 20, 2012: Relight the Lamp nears halfway point

July 3, 2012: Lamp Theatre rehabilitation bids higher than expected

Relight the Lamp raised about $70,000 of the borough’s estimated $150,000 contribution to help rehabilitate the theater, according to chairwoman Kelly Fennessy.

Despite the bids coming in higher than expected, Fennessy said, the committee plans to continue raising money for the project.

“This isn’t over because the bids were high, by any means,” she said. “The community wants this theater and, if we need to raise more money, we’ll look at what we have to do to make that happen.”

December 20, 2012: Irwin Businesses continue Greeting Card Tradition

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December 26, 2012: Top Norwin Stories of 2012

January 15, 2013: Irwin council considers buying Lamp Theatre

March 14, 2013:

March 15, 2013: Irwin to apply for loan to refurbish Main Street theater

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March 20, 2013: Irwin Borough purchases the Lamp from the Westmoreland Cultural Trust

March 24, 2013: Irwin council buys Lamp Theatre, plans to renovate the building

April 10, 2013: Irwin extends sales agreement to buy Lamp Theatre

May 8, 2013: Irwin’s Lamp Theatre work begins June 1

May 12, 2013: Norwin residents form arts council

May 29, 2013: Irwin officials plan to take ownership of Lamp Theatre

June 7, 2013: Irwin acquires Lamp Theatre from cultural trust

June 12, 2013: Acquisition done, plans move forward

June 13, 2013: Irwin Borough seeks to acquire empty lot next door to Lamp Theatre


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