WE’RE BUILDING A NEW HOME FOR COMEDY
After almost four years of shows, classes, awards, national acts, hundreds of local artists, and immeasurable laughter, the Arcade is taking a huge leap to a permanent home on Liberty Avenue! Arcade Comedy Theater, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit theater devoted to comedy, has outgrown its current location and are working with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Desmone Architects, and Guardian Construction to turn 943 Liberty Avenue, located at the intersection of Smithfield Street, into a 3-floor, 2-theater, state-of-the-art performance venue.
This page is the headquarters for our Arcade Upgrade campaign. In the coming months, we’ll be launching various fundraising efforts to help give our community a beautiful, professional space for comedy in the Cultural District. There will be a number of ways to contribute, volunteer, and spread the word throughout the region and the country. Our current theater was named the “best place to see live comedy” by Pittsburgh Magazine… and we are sure this new building will be even better.
Every dollar donated is tax-deductible and will go directly towards our Arcade Upgrade project: two incredible stages, additional classroom spaces, a lounge and lobby, and whole lot more.
Arcade Comedy Theater is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
- May 1-7th is a Donation-Matching Challenge! Arcade Board of Directors are sponsoring a matching donation program up to $2,000. Give online or at any shows that weekend.
- Saturday, May 20 at 8pm: Arcade House Team MegaMix show benefitting ArcadeUpgrade
- As of March 2017, we’ve raised over $18,000 for Arcade Upgrade, which is over halfway to our goal of $35,000.
- We’ve added a new blog section to this page… scroll down and see for yourself!
MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION INSTANTLY
Make an instant, tax-deductible, secure donation online via PayPal. You can use any major credit card, or your personal PayPal account, to give directly to Arcade Comedy Theater. Please include your mailing address as well, so that we can send you a receipt and thank you letter. All donations received will go directly towards Arcade Upgrade!
MAKE A RECURRING DONATION
If you’re looking for an easy way to make a long-term impact on the Arcade, consider a donation subscription via PayPal! You can choose the amount you want to donate each month, and for how long, and your contribution will be made automatically. Best of all, we will count the total amount of your pledged subscription towards our goal – and as we announce new donation rewards and options, we’ll let you put your gift towards those as well.
SEND A DONATION IN THE MAIL
You can also make your donation via check – which allows Arcade to receive 100% of your donation, without paying any credit card fees. Please make all checks payable to Arcade Comedy Theater. And send them to our business office:
Arcade Comedy Theater
c/o Jethro Nolen
1748 Moynelle Dr.
Pittsburgh PA 15243.
On behalf of Arcade Comedy Theater Board of Directors: THANK YOU! In just 7 days we were able to raise $3,580 through cash donations and silent auction bids. As a Board we matched $2,000, making our total raised for Arcade Upgrade $5,580!read more
The Silent Auction goes live on tonight, May 4, at 7:30 pm and will close promptly at 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 7, with the winners, announced via Facebook Live at the end of Bonus Stage. You can visit Arcade Comedy Theater’s Facebook Photo Album and browse available auction items.read more
The Arcade Board will be matching all donations received during the week of May 1–7, up to a total of $2,000. To encourage you all to open up your wallets, we’re hosting a silent auction at all of the shows from May 4–7.read more
We are truly grateful for the support we’ve received so far in our Arcade Upgrade campaign.
This list of supporters is accurate as of April 5, 2017, and will be updated every two months.
High Score: $5,000+
High Score: $1,000 – $4,999
Jethro & Kristy Nolen
High Score: $500 – $999
Morris and Helen Messing Family Charitable Fund
High Score: $250 – $499
Anything to perpetuate your amazing support of the Pittsburgh comedy community.Anonymous
We’re so excited to have a permanent comedy fixture in Pittsburgh! Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication.Anonymous
High Score: $100 – $249
Charles G. Cogley
John & Janice Darby
Mary Ann Kelly-Lovasz & John E. Lovasz
Mercury Men Pictures
Jeannie and Bill Rubacky
Laura & Mike Rubino
Erica Sera and Nick Jaramillo
Watches 24 Seven
High Score: $1 – $99
Honey and Harold Forman
David & Kenda Hammer in honor of Luke Lasky
Phyllis and Chuck Hartman
David and Denise Hull
Mary & Brian Dolan
Mary C. Parker
Mary Jo Graham & Bill Ryan
The Hart Family
Kim and Jonathan Payne
What an exciting new chapter for the Arcade Comedy Theater. While our home will be new, our commitment to providing affordable comedy for the community of Pittsburgh not only remains, it is re-energized. This will reinvigorate our classes, our shows, and our comedy. Our new home will enable us to continue as an essential piece of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
As we strive to carry out our mission in Pittsburgh, we invite our patrons, community, and partners to invest in Arcade’s future. Your support will not only help us move into a new space. Your gift to the arcade will build the next bold chapter of art, comedy, and improv for the Pittsburgh community.Adam Novak