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Penn Theater
1927, C. W. Rapp and George Rapp; 1971 restored, Stotz, Hess, MacLachlan and Fosner. 600 Penn Ave.
  • (Photograph by Peter Radunzel, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.



  • 1927

  • 1971


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Heinz Hall", [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

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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