“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mount Pleasant in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Arts & Culture

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Photographed By Craig Doda, July 23, 2022
1. Arts & Culture Marker
Inscription.  Mt. Pleasant Institute Building
Although primarily known for its industrial history, Mt. Pleasant was a center for the arts for many years starting around the turn of the 20th Century. Music and theatre were major components of the town's culture. In the late 19th Century, citizens could watch a play, musical, or Vaudeville act at the Grand Opera House which stood at the current site of the Standard Bank parking lot. From 1913 through 1922, the Mt. Pleasant Music School operated out of the former Mt. Pleasant Institute building on South Church Street where Frick Hospital now stands. Several individuals in town also taught music out of their homes. In 1907 a new era of entertainment began as the Nickelodeon, the town's first theatre devoted especially to motion pictures, was opened on West Main Street. The Cox Theatre, later known as the Penn Theatre, opened on East Main Street in the 1910s. The admission prices for movies ranged from 25 to 75 cents. The Grand Opera House became a motion picture theatre in the 1930s and was re-named "The Grand Theatre.” Both the Penn and the Grand Theatres entertained and captivated
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the citizens of Mt. Pleasant for many years during the 20th Century.

Photo courtesy of Jim Davis
Erected by Mt. Pleasant Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
Location. 40° 8.878′ N, 79° 32.157′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County. Marker is on West Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 W Main St, Mount Pleasant PA 15666, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Transportation (here, next to this marker); A History of Glass (here, next to this marker); Industry (here, next to this marker); The Story of Penn Park (a few steps from this marker); Saint Joseph Church Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mount Pleasant Veterans Wall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Joseph Potocki PFC (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Midway - Battle Of Iwo Jima - Uncomon Valor (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Arts & Culture Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 23, 2022
2. Arts & Culture Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 19, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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