DESCRIPTION: Formerly the Penn Theater built in 1927, now home of the world famous Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, this 2,847-seat opal and marble interior hall is mindful of its beginnings, but two major renovations took it to another level — better sightlines, acoustics and comfort. Howard Heinz Endowment saved the building from the wrecking ball in 1968 and it reopened as Heinz Hall after renovation in 1971. A second more elaborate restoration completed in 1995.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 9a-8p, Sat Noon-4p
ADDRESS: 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
DESCRIPTION: Formerly the Stanley Theater, this venue reopened in 1987 after a major renovation; now a remarkable piece of eye-candy with over 90 chandeliers and sconces inside this 2,800-seat theater housing the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Civic Light Opera and Pittsburgh Dance Council and touring Broadway productions; Registered with the National Trust for Historic Places; this public treasure features a stage comparable in size to the New York Metropolitan Opera.
ADDRESS: 719 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1903, Pittsburgh’s oldest performing arts venue hosts 1,300-patrons; restored to its early splendor also served as a vaudeville house and reopened in the 1930s as a movie palace. Today, Pittsburgh based arts productions and national touring companies in music, dance and performing arts for children share the stage.
ADDRESS: 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PHONE: 412-456-1350, Pittsburgh, PA
DESCRIPTION: Formerly the historic Lyceum Theater for movies, it was renovated and re-purposed in 1999, with a world premiere by award-winning playwright and Pittsburgh native August Wilson; a distinguished home of Pittsburgh Public Theater.
ADDRESS: 621 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
Carnegie Music Hall
DESCRIPTION: A 1,928-seat concert hall with good acoustics, perfect for chamber music and small concerts; the elegant foyer also hosts dining events on occasion. The performing arts hall part of the massive Carnegie Institute complex, which is mostly museums.
ADDRESS: 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
Carnegie Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: A formidable museum of American contemporary art from the late nineteenth century, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and European. The museum also features American decorative arts from the late seventeenth century to the present; also features Heinz Architectural Center dedicated to the study and exhibition of architectural drawings and models. Hall of Architecture contains the largest collection of plaster casts of architectural masterpieces in America. Perhaps the most rewarding visuals are to be had in the Hall of Sculpture, which replicates the Parthenon.
ADMISSION: $15 Adults, $12 Age 65+, $11 Students w/ID and Ages 3–18, Age 2 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed & Fri Sat 10a-5p, Thu 10a-8p , Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
DESCRIPTION: The performing arts center of Point Park University and the Conservatory of Performing Arts. Its a 3-theatre performing arts center home to The REP, the professional theatre company and 3 student companies: Conservatory Theatre Company, Playhouse Dance Company and Playhouse Jr. The playhouse hosts 18 major productions and 235 performances annually.
ADDRESS: 222 Craft Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
New Hazleton Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Designed in a Richardson Romanesque style, the venue was built in 1889 as the Carnegie Musical Hall. A historic landmark, the edifice houses one of the first Carnegie Free Libraries in the country. In 1967, theater space and auditorium were renovated. Hazlett Theater was home to the Pittsburgh Public Theater 1974-1999, then moved to the O’Reilly Theater downtown. New Hazlette Theater formed in its original place in 2004.
ADDRESS: 6 Allegheny Square East, Allegheny Center, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
DESCRIPTION: Pittsburgh’s most adventurous theatre specializes in new plays by Pittsburgh playwrights such as Adam Rapp, Christopher Durang, and Jeffrey Hatcher. facilities include the 270-seat mainstage, the 100-seat Lester Hamburg Studio. Its mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays that engage a diverse audience.
ADDRESS: 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
Society for Contemporary Craft
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1971, this professional exhibition gallery for educational programs in the Strip District serves a need for multi-cultural and non-mainstream art in the community; SHOPPERS ALERT, its also an excellent retail outlet for artist-made works. Since 1986, SCC has organized more than 140 thematic exhibitions featuring work by more than 1,400 nationally and internationally recognized artists.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 2100 Stallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
Andy Warhol Museum
DESCRIPTION: Dedicated to that iconoclastic artist of the 1970s and 80s who most typified the boisterous colors of pop art; the museum opened in 1994 in a warehouse first built in 1911 and converted to a music store in the mid-1960s. The terra cotta facade features a cream colored ornamental ring, lions and centurions. It helps to be a member of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
ADMISSION: $15 Adults, $9 Age 65+, $8 Students w/ID and Ages 3–18, Age 2 and under enter Free; Fri 5p-10p Half-Price
DAYS & HOURS: Sat-Sun 10a-5p, Tue-Thu 10a-5p, Fri 10a-10p
ADDRESS: 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
The Mattress Factory
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1977 in the former home of a mattress factory, it is a one-of-a-kind museum of contemporary installation art, plus a research and development lab for artists. It commissions and presents art you can get into — room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists; the museum leaders have purchased and renovated 9 inner city properties to become exhibition galleries, an artist-created garden, public and educational spaces, artists’ residencies, office space. There are 16 permanent installations on display. More than 300 artists have come from all over the world to exhibit at the Mattress Factory.
ADMISSION: $10 Adults, $8 Age 65+, $7 Students w/ ID, Age 5 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 1p-5p
ADDRESS: 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
MCG Jazz Hall
DESCRIPTION: Since 1987 this venue has hosted jazz series at its 350 seat music hall in Pittsburgh for innovative 4-day performances and recordings by Jazz masters, including Joe Williams, Billy Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine and Ray Brown; MCG Jazz Archives now contain over 300 CDs worth of Jazz history.
ADDRESS: Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, 1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
DESCRIPTION: Named after Pittsburgh legends Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, this 350-seat multiple-use theater in the racially diverse urban neighborhood of East Liberty. This venue is an ideal place for regional artists and arts organizations to try out new work.
ADDRESS: 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA MAP