O'Reilly Theater

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O'Reilly Theater
Pittsburgh oreillytheater.jpg
Address 621 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
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Owner Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Capacity 650
Opened 11 December 1999 (1999-12-11)
Architect Michael Graves
Structural engineer DeSimone Consulting Engineers

The O'Reilly Theater is a 650-seat theater building, opened on December 11, 1999, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Located at 621 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District, the O'Reilly Theater is actually a three-part building: The 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) theater (with a 150-seat rehearsal hall), a large parking garage called Theater Square, and the adjacent 23,000 square feet (2,100 m2) Agnes R. Katz Plaza.[1]

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust built the new theater, designed by architect Michael Graves P.A.,[2] to create a downtown home for the Pittsburgh Public Theater theatrical company, as well as to create additional venues for theater, music, and other art performances. The O’Reilly venue features a thrust stage surrounded by the audience on three sides.[1]

To pay for the $25 million cost of construction, gifts to the project included a naming gift in honor of Dr. Anthony O'Reilly from Mrs. Chryss O'Reilly and several current and past senior executives of the H.J. Heinz Company.[1]

The O’Reilly was built by Turner Construction Company,[3] opened on December 11, 1999, with the world premiere of King Hedley II, by the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson.[1]

Pittsburgh Merchantile Library

The building site of the Penn Avenue theater's history began in 1866 with the construction Mercantile Library Hall, a multipurpose library, lecture, and music hall.

Lyceum Theater

The mercantile hall evolved into the Bijou, Lyceum, Academy, and Variety, Pittsburgh's vaudeville houses, and then was razed and paved into a parking lot after the 1936 St. Patrick's Day flood.[1] Teddy Roosevelt spoke at a national convention of the Order of the Moose at Lyceum Theater on his visit to Pittsburgh in July, 1917.[4]

See also

Theatre in Pittsburgh


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Special Report on the O'Reilly Theater. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. - December 5, 1999. - Retrieved: May 23, 2006.
  2. Bellon, K. - O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh PA: Michael Graves 1999. - Galinsky. - Retrieved: 2008-06-24
  3. Projects: O'Reilly Theater: Pittsburgh, PA. - Turner Construction Company. - Retrieved: 2008-06-24
  4. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=IIkfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S44EAAAAIBAJ&pg=2919%2C3020602

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