Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Cast members and Steelers were among those who attended a fundraiser and film event—co-produced by a Plum resident—at Dormont's Hollywood Theater on Friday.
With Emma Watson signing autographs on Potomac Avenue last year, and a Tom Cruise movie filming in town last December, Dormont is no stranger to celebrity visits. But Friday's special showing of "Christmas in Compton" brought celebrities to Dormont's Hollywood Theater with a purpose. The event served, in part, as a fundraiser for the Red Cross, to support survivors of Hurricane Sandy. "We didn't expect it to get this big," said Hollywood Theater manager Chad Hunter. "We're certainly not complaining that it did. It's definitely great for the theater, but it's supporting a good cause, too. We couldn't have asked for this. It's wonderful." The movie was co-produced by Paula Gregg and Susan Burig, both Pittsburgh natives, who chose Hollywood …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Stephen Chbosky, writer and director of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," will host "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at Hollywood Theater this weekend.
It's not often that a major Hollywood movie is filmed in your hometown, and it's probably more rare that the director would come back months later for a visit. That's what Stephen Chbosky is doing this Saturday, when he will host a special showing of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at Dormont's Hollywood Theater. Chbosky, an Upper St. Clair native, is the author of the 1999 novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." He also directed the movie, which was partly filmed at Dormont's Hollywood Theater last year and hit theaters this month. The movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show" plays its own role in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," and Chbosky will host a special showing of "Rocky Horror" on Saturday, starting at 10:30 p.m. Advanced tickets for the…
Saturday, May 19, 2012
“Basket Case” and “Casey: 30 Years Later,” with special guest Beverly Bonner, Saturday at Hollywood Theater.
A cult classic, live show and star of both are the highlight of this weekend at Dormont’s Hollywood Theater. Frank Henenlotter’s 1982 comedy-horror “Basket Case” is showing Saturday evening. Beverly Bonner, who starred in the film as Casey, will be at the theater to perform the live variety show “Casey: 30 Years Later” following the film. A question-and-answer session with the actress will follow. Bonner has appeared in all of Henenlotter’s films, which include the “Basket Case” trilogy, “Frankenhooker,” “Brain Damage,” and his most recent film, “Bad Biology.” She is a comedian, actress, playwright, producer, and director, and frequently appears at horror conventions. The cast of New York’s Broadway Comedy Club will perform as well, and …
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The actor who played 'Randy Parker' gives viewers a play-by-play of a Christmas classic.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011
Black Friday shoppers descended on malls everywhere yesterday, but in Dormont, a different venue was getting all the attention. The Hollywood Theater hosted Ian Petrella, who played “Randy Parker” in the classic Christmas film “A Christmas Story.” Petrella said he enjoys touring smaller towns, and has had the best audience responses in the midwest and eastern parts of the country because those towns seem similar to the movie setting. It’s always fun to meet the people who helped make the film such a success, he said. “It’s interesting because we went, we made (the movie), and kind of nothing came of it after that,” Petrella said. “It’s kind of like summer camp, the way I remember it. It’s a bizarre thing to go through sometimes.” Hollywood…
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Betty Makoni will be on hand to answer questions when an award-winning film about the continuing myth in Africa that raping a virgin will cure AIDS is show at the Hollywood Theater on Thursday.
Betty Makoni, who is leading a global effort to stop the rape of women and girls in Africa, will be on hand this Thursday, Sept. 22, when the award-winning film, “Tapestries of Hope,” is shown at the Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., in Dormont. Dream Catchers Films Inc. is sponsoring the 74-minute documentary as a fundraiser for the Girl Child Network, which Makoni, who was named a 2009 CNN Hero, created to provide shelters for abused girls. Dream Catchers’ owner Leonard Lies, who is a filmmaker himself, said he was so moved by “Tapestries of Hope” that he decided to bring it to the Hollywood Theater to help the cause. A “meet-and-greet” event with Makoni starts at 6 p.m., featuring music and appetizers, including Italian and …