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Heinz Hall (Penn Theater)

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Penn Theater
1927, C. W. Rapp and George Rapp; 1971 restored, Stotz, Hess, MacLachlan and Fosner. 600 Penn Ave.

Marcus Loew's Penn Theater, which opened as the “Temple of the Cinema,” has the mixture of French Baroque and Rococo features that were a hallmark of movie-theater specialists Rapp and Rapp of Chicago. The Penn was one of the first old cinema palaces in the nation to find new life as a concert hall. H. J. Heinz II personally financed its revival, using his own favorite hall, the Vienna Opera, as guide. Of particular note is the massive four-story arched window with decorative cartouche. The Heinz endowments added the garden plaza next door as an intermission space in summer.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Heinz Hall (Penn Theater)", [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-AL11.

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Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 50-50.

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