Altar Bar is Closing

The Penn Avenue concert venue will host its final show on July 31st

photo by Neil Strebig

Pull the cord and cut the music, the Strip District’s Altar Bar will be playing its last show next month. The church-turned concert venue will be transformed back into a place of worship.

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Franklin Park-based Orchard Hill Church has recently purchased the property at 1620 Penn Ave. The diocese plans to turn Altar Bar into a satellite location for their parish.

Altar Bar, which has been a haven for live music and performances since 2006, was originally built in 1908 as the St. Elizabeth Church. The church was ceremoniously de-cleansed by the parish in 2001. It was then remodeled into the dance club, Sanctuary, before current owner, Mike Pitterich transformed the location into the Altar Bar.

Altar Bar’s final show ironically falls on a Sunday. The post-punk Michigan-based band, Prevail will have the honor of sending the bar off in style.

After July 31st the venue’s scheduled shows from August to November will be performed at number of local destinations including the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh’s South Side, Homestead Music Hall, the Smiling Moose, Spirit, and Cattivo.  

The Altar Bar team sent out an informative ‘thank you’ for fans on the venue’s Facebook page, which was met up a number of mixed and emotional responses from past and present patrons.  

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