Fire destroyed Twin Coaches 31 years ago

Oct 9, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: PittsburghLIVE.com

It was 31 years ago tomorrow - October 10, 1977 - that fire destroyed one of western Pennsylvania's most notable landmarks, the Twin Coaches supper club on Route 51 in Rostraver Township.

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Greg - Monroeville

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I was working at the Twin Coaches the weekend when it burned down. Sammy Davis, Jr was performing there. I was working the lighting crew for his show. We did 2 shows Friday night, 2 shows Saturday, and was scheduled for a matinee show on Sunday. When I showed up to work Sunday they said there had been a fire in the kitchen and the club was closed the show was cancelled. It didn't look like major damage. When I got up the next day my brother told me the place had burned to the ground overnight. I didn't believe him at first and said I was there and the fire was out. The offical story was the fire had flaired up again overnight and totally destroyed the club. As for Sammy's show, I was only 20 at the time not exactly my kind of music, but even today I still recall that was one of the best live shows I have ever seen. He was a true professional and a great entertainer.
poejsick

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Sammy indicated to me that his intent is to haunt you each and every Halloween by sh*tting on your porch. This was channeled to me by Lorna Garber from her grave.
emily

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Greg - Monroeville"]I was working at the Twin Coaches the weekend when it burned down. Sammy Davis, Jr was performing there. I was working the lighting crew for his show. We did 2 shows Friday night, 2 shows Saturday, and was scheduled for a matinee show on Sunday. When I showed up to work Sunday they said there had been a fire in the kitchen and the club was closed the show was cancelled. It didn't look like major damage. When I got up the next day my brother told me the place had burned to the ground overnight. I didn't believe him at first and said I was there and the fire was out. The offical story was the fire had flaired up again overnight and totally destroyed the club. As for Sammy's show, I was only 20 at the time not exactly my kind of music, but even today I still recall that was one of the best live shows I have ever seen. He was a true professional and a great entertainer.
Is there a record of all the performers who had shows at the Twin Coaches? I want to know when Patsy Cline performed? I have a signed photo of her! This has to be 1953 or 1954!
emily

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Does anyone know when and who performed at the Twin Coaches? I have a signed photo of Patsy Cline! The year has to be 1953 or 1954!
thekid

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poejsick,
How do you know Lorna Garber??
poe j

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thekid wrote:
poejsick,
How do you know Lorna Garber??
She was a friend of the family. When I was young, I spent many hours in the Garber home. Billy, John, Carol...all really good people. I have good memories of Lorna and Bill.
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Thanks poej-appreciate the kind words..
poe j

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thekid wrote:
Thanks poej-appreciate the kind words..
I'm thinking that you must be Billy. If so, you and I hung at a very young age.
thekid

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Correct-Is this Timmy???
poe j

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thekid wrote:
Correct-Is this Timmy???
You nailed it. I hope everything is good with you.
Q088suzie

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Can anyone tell me what year the Temptations performed at the Twin Coaches?? I am guessing 1967 or 1968..Can you help me out here??
Dan Levitt

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emily wrote:
Does anyone know when and who performed at the Twin Coaches? I have a signed photo of Patsy Cline! The year has to be 1953 or 1954!
Ironically, I was at the Twin Coaches in October 1955 when Sammy Davis Jr. and his uncles were performing. My date was beautiful blonde Harriet Laby, who I married almost two years later. That was our second date. I was a Pitt senior; she was a junior, from Brownsville, Pa. I fell in love that night. Harriet wore a very low-cut party dress, and invited me to a barn dance -- the first sign that she had designs on me. We made love later that night, and I was forever hooked. Dan Levitt
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Dan Levitt wrote:
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Ironically, I was at the Twin Coaches in October 1955 when Sammy Davis Jr. and his uncles were performing. My date was beautiful blonde Harriet Laby, who I married almost two years later. That was our second date. I was a Pitt senior; she was a junior, from Brownsville, Pa. I fell in love that night. Harriet wore a very low-cut party dress, and invited me to a barn dance -- the first sign that she had designs on me. We made love later that night, and I was forever hooked. Dan Levitt
In the late 60's, early 70's the Temps performed there on a fairly regular basis, as did Smokey. I know I saw the Temps at least 3 times and Smokey once. My best friend's mother was a head waitress there and we got tables that were right up against the stage. Great venue and great times.
Dan

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Too bad there are no dinner shows in the area. The palace and state are not the same
Gottahottip

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I am trying to research the time when Chubby Checker and Liberace were the Headliners. I must have been 10 or 12 years old and I attended the show with my uncle and cousins. We were asked to go on stage and do the "Twist". There must be some type of footage, 8 or 16 mm. All I had was an "Etch-a-sketch.:)Are there any archives around that can be seen?
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Q088suzie wrote:
Can anyone tell me what year the Temptations performed at the Twin Coaches?? I am guessing 1967 or 1968..Can you help me out here??
I am pretty sure it was 1968.
Pamela Lynn

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My Great Uncle Clifford Beaumont built the Twin Coaches ,he owned and operated it and then sold it due to health problems. Calderones bought it. If you take a ride past the Cedar Creek golf course on the old road to Smithton you will pass his home that was built from a passenger coach you can see all of the windows of the train car.
Carol

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Where exactly was the Twin Coached located? Is there a building located on that same location today?
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Steve the Mule

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Heading South on 51, just past the 2nd traffic lights at GetGo, on the left just as you pass under the railroad overpass. There's a building at the back of the lot called Intec.

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