Saturday, February 2, 2013
Did Phil see his shadow?
Update 7:30 a.m.: Phil did not see his shadow; Spring will come early. Groundhog Day is on Saturday, Feb. 2 this year, and with the up and down weather of the past week, guessing Punxsutawney Phil's prediction this year is especially daunting. According to the myth, if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he does not, spring is right around the corner. Last year, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter while Staten Island Chuck called for an early spring. Groundhog Day and other similar legends are based on the beliefs of Europeans, but the true origins of the holiday are lost in time. The day originated from the Germans, Scots and early Christian Europeans. It is celebrated …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Those involved with the theater are hoping Tuesday's event is a precursor to being able to show the film frequently.
A special showing of The Perks of Being a Wallflower at Dormont’s Hollywood Theater on Tuesday served as a precursor to what manager Chad Hunter hopes will become a regular event. The viewing was an invitation-only event, mainly for Verizon FiOS customers, to promote the film’s availability through On Demand. But Hunter said as soon as the theater is able to buy a digital projector, he plans to make Perks a regular on the theater’s marquee. “As soon as we get that projector, this movie will be here,” Hunter said. “We want to do a Perks-Rocky Horror double feature, maybe for a one or two-week run.” That plan hinges heavily on the theater’s ability to purchase the projector. Click here for information about that project. Tuesday’s event was …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Hollywood Theater must raise $75,000 for a digital movie projector, or face going dark—possibly for good.
Letting Hollywood Theater’s screen go dark once again isn’t something theater manager Chad Hunter is willing to allow. Unfortunately, that fate is again becoming a real possibility for the Dormont landmark, the only single-screen, independent movie theater in the South Hills, if the theater can’t raise the necessary $75,000 to buy a digital movie projector. “Increasingly, it’s cheaper for studios to produce movies digitally and distribute them that way,” Hunter said. “The writing is on the wall for it … Small theaters are not part of the studios’ financial formula and we’re falling through the cracks.” Hollywood Theater frequently shows movies on 35mm film, a format that used to require 2,000-foot film reels to be shipped and delivered to …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A 'Night of the Living Dead' screening on Saturday will raise funds to save a local relic of the classic horror film.
Why is it important to save a cemetery chapel in Evans City? Gary Streiner said he’s been asked this about 3,000 times in the past few months, and each time he answers, the response is more meaningful. Streiner, with the help of “Night of the Living Dead” fans, hopes to raise enough money by screening the 1968 film to save the Evans City Cemetery Chapel, which appears in the opening scene of the movie. The event is Saturday, Feb. 4, at Dormont's Hollywood Theater. “Right now, we still have (director) George Romero around. We still have a lot of the original cast and crew around to do signings, so hard core fans can still meet them,” Streiner said. “But we’re all getting up in age a bit and there’s going to be a time when we’re not around …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A roundup of the region's top stories for Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Here are today's top stories from Patch sites in your region: Community Rallies Around Fire Victims Video: Rocking the Hollywood on a Trip Back to the Past Baldwin Township Teen Turning Trash into Comfort Makeup That Says 'I Do'