A beautiful jewel in the downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District, Heinz Hall is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony, and also hosts some of the shows in the Pittsburgh Broadway Series, along with national touring attractions.
Heinz Hall was originally the Loew's Penn Theater, built in 1927 as an opulent movie house, and regarded as the most magnificent theater between New York and Chicago. The Loew's Penn Theater closed its doors for good in 1964, scheduled for demolition. John Heinz II and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra saw promise in the grand, but aging building, and undertook a 3-year, $10 million reconstruction. On September 10, 1971, the building reopened as the Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts.
Heinz Hall Facts:
- On September 6, 1927, Loew's Penn Theater opened, one night later than planned due to movie magnate Marcus Loew's untimely death on the originally scheduled Grand Opening Night. Forty-four years later, on September 10, 1971, it reopened as Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts after a three-year, $10 million restoration.