Rex Theater to reopen Friday after fire damage

Written by Scott Mervis on .

It will be business as usual Friday for The Rex Theater, which has been closed since a fire broke out atop the building on April 1.

The blaze, caused by a defect in the rooftop air conditioner, did minimal damage to the building, according to Rex management.

The Rex, at 1602 East Carson St., will resume operations with the King of the Burgh 8 show on Friday and the band Cabinet on Saturday.

Patrons who had purchased tickets to any of the cancelled shows from the past week can obtain a full refund at the point of ticket purchase.

Management said it is "grateful to the Pittsburgh Fire Department for their prompt and fearless response to the fire, which insured that the damage to our theater was kept to a minimum. We also thank our staff, who worked tirelessly to prepare the theater for its reopening, and to our patrons for their patience with the interruption to our schedule."

Ben Penigar, of Grey Area Productions, told the PG, "The outpouring of support from live music fans, musicians, local residents, and industry peers has been overwhelming. It's nice to know how many people are rooting for us."


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