Theatres of Downtown: A 100 Year Story Monday

Theatres of Downtown: A 100 Year Story





Discounts & Other Fees:

$5 Resident Discount

  • Zoom - FCAAE Secure Class Link
  • Doors Open Pittsburgh
All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Meeting Times

  • Monday 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Live Zoom video class - bring your questions! 

This class is a joint partnership with Doors Open Pittsburgh (DOP), a local nonprofit that believes every building, and its people, have a story to tell. Half of your class fee supports DOP.

Did you know that Pittsburgh represents the birth of the “movie theatre?” 

This story begins in 1896, on the day that an image first flickered on a screen in Downtown Pittsburgh. Join James Kastner - a native Pittsburgher who was born and raised on the North Side - for a virtual visit to every Downtown theatre that ever played a movie.

  • Learn about the theatres in the Golden Triangle that once dominated the entertainment scene
  • Hear fun stories
  • Learn history and trivia
  • Enjoy a trip through an era that is long-gone
  • Stir up some fond memories

Reserve your seat. And don’t forget the buttered popcorn! The lecture will run approximately 45 minutes and then you will have a chance to engage with the speaker and ask your questions.

Presented by DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh and FCAAE / Hosted by James Kastner. Mr. Kastner was born and raised on the North Side, and still resides in the city where the movie theatre was born - Pittsburgh.  His fascination with theatres and movies set him on a 25-year book writing trip. His journey ended in 2011 with the publication of: Where the Movies Played in Downtown Pittsburg(h). Now semi-retired, James is honored to share his theatre memories with DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh and FCAAE.

Additional Notes

Your Zoom Class link is included in this confirmation email. Because this class is in partnership with OPEN DOORS Pittsburgh, please note:

  • password is required to join this class. 
  • Password will be provided in the reminder email that is sent the day before class meets.


  • Class Fee $15.00
Total: $15.00

Are all participants 18 years of age or older?

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