Built in 1927, the Benedum (formerly known as the Stanley Theatre) is the cornerstone of the downtown Cultural District. The Stanley Theatre was built during the golden age of movie palaces and opened in 1928. It had a stint in the late 1970s and early ‘80s as a live music venue before its $43 million refurbishment and reopening as an arts center in 1987. The Benedum building is on the National Register of Historic Places and proudly maintains many of its most unique features, including more than 90 original crystal chandeliers and sconces. The main chandelier measures an impressive 20 feet by 12 feet. The 3,000-plus-seat venue is now home to the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
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