Where was Taylor Lautner filming this week? Not in the North Side of Pittsburgh like everyone suspected. Hollywood was indeed in that part of the Burgh, but filming One for the Money with Katherine Heigl. Guest contributor, Aidinslevel, sent in the following pictures from her trip to the movie set.
As you can see from the pics, they transformed the Garden Theater on W North Ave into an x-rated porn theater… which is ironic, since that’s exactly what that it used to be. This story by Jessica Thurston has all the details on that spicy time in the theater’s existence.
The City Paper also has a great piece that uncovers the history of the 95 year old theater. One interesting fact in the article answers the question of why was it called the “Garden” Theater in the first place?
Its original owner was one David E. Park, a bank vice president… the theater’s name was chosen “as a pun on the name of the owner” (get it? Park? Garden?) so it wouldn’t be confused with the Park Building Downtown.
While we’re on the topic of historical facts, did you know that the North Side used to be another city known as Allegheny? It’s true. Pittsburgh won the right to takeover the city after a Supreme Court decision in 1907. Needless to say, the citizens of old Allegheny were supremely pissed off.
Aidinslevel also writes for a Twilight fan and you can find her stuff here.