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Old 01-30-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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the Warner? doesnt that belong to Point Park University now?

that was beautiful in there - too bad it didnt work out as a mall. nowadays, it just might.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Awkward Manor
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the Warner? doesnt that belong to Point Park University now?

that was beautiful in there - too bad it didnt work out as a mall. nowadays, it just might.
(checks County Assessment page) nope, looks like it is owned by "WARNER JAMAICA LLC".
I think I saw either Star Wars or Close Encounters of the Third Kind at the Warner.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:16 PM
 
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(checks County Assessment page) nope, looks like it is owned by "WARNER JAMAICA LLC".
I think I saw either Star Wars or Close Encounters of the Third Kind at the Warner.
i saw "Star Wars" there! it was a magical experience. i was mesmerized by the giant vault doors.
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Kittanning
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I think it should be a luxury theater like this Cinepolis USA Luxury or this https://www.ipictheaters.com/
doesn't need 10 screens, maybe a couple or even one (!) big screen. Put it in the Warner. It would be a *destination*.
I agree - put it in the Warner Center.
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I agree - put it in the Warner Center.

The Warner Center has a tenant already, it is being used as a welfare office after their former office was converted to an apartment house.


There needs to be a place for lower brow kinds of business as well.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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We're not talking multiplex here, just a two or three screen theater that'll probably specialize in small indie films.
Gross! This area has enough of those! The Manor is nice because of its four screens usually three or four show newer films that garner great praise and acclaim while the other screen will show one of those "small, indie films". If this new Downtown theater still showed ALL small, indie films, then we'd continue to drive to South Side Works, Waterworks, Manor, or Waterfront for the movies.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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The article says a blend of mainstream and others, and all first-run.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:00 AM
 
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Gross! This area has enough of those! The Manor is nice because of its four screens usually three or four show newer films that garner great praise and acclaim while the other screen will show one of those "small, indie films". If this new Downtown theater still showed ALL small, indie films, then we'd continue to drive to South Side Works, Waterworks, Manor, or Waterfront for the movies.
Yeah as I was corrected, the article specifically says "a blend of mainstream commercial and specialized films". Hopefully with more of an emphasis on the specialized films. Do we really need more screens showing blockbusters?
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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its butt cold here. otherwise, that place is NEVER dead much anymore. there are a lot of residences down there. i believe someone in this forum offered that section 8 vouchers are used in a few of those buildings.
You've got a point in that it was freeeeezing when I drove down Liberty and saw no one around. But, I also didn't see much activity or even lights in the windows.

Section 8 vouchers being used in those buildings, however, implies to me that the area is not seeing investment.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Section 8 vouchers being used in those buildings, however, implies to me that the area is not seeing investment.
On Liberty downtown? I don't think so, except maybe the May Building which I guess is sorta kinda on Liberty (above the state store at 5th).

A few other newer developments have included some lower rent units, but none are on Liberty to my knowledge. (I'm thinking particularly of the Century Building, on 7th Street.) Although, there is that one up at 7th Street/6th Ave on Liberty, what is that one?

Investment is happening. If those two buildings both house some voucher holders, that is because they have been apartment buildings for decades and aren't that updated. What is actually happening is new conversions though, like the Clark Building.

Most of the new stuff happening is not on Liberty at this moment though. It is happening or has already happened in other spots within a block or two. There are at least 5 or 6 decent sized office buildings that have been recently converted or are in process of being converted to market-rate apartments. We'll be north of 1000 new market-rate units just within a few years, just within several blocks in the golden triangle.

I suspect we are referring mainly to no lights in the upper floors of the small buildings. That is a tougher nut to crack, because the economy of scale usually isn't there for one building owner to convert that for just a unit or two of housing. The smaller building upper floors probably are in fact vacant in most cases.
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