Hollywood Theater’s Breakfast and a Movie a success Food and movies combine at Hollywood Theater

Published Jan 1, 2013 at 12:01 am (Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm)

For the past few months, folks with a love for movies and good food have come together at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont for “Breakfast and a Movie.”

The idea for Breakfast and a Movie came from Margaret Jackson of the Friends of the Hollywood Theater. “We were looking at doing more series type of things,” she said, adding that the Oaks Theater in Oakmont does a similar series.

The monthly Breakfast and a Movie started in September with a showing of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” More than 80 people attended, and Jackson thought “This might be something.”

On Dec. 23, more than 140 people attended a showing of the 1954 classic “White Christmas,” starring Bing Crosby. Breakfast was provided by Sugar Café on Potomac Avenue in Dormont, which has provided food for each Breakfast and a Movie, and beverages were donated by Trader Joe’s. Along with the movie and breakfast, Jackson said folks also are able to purchase raffle tickets for items like books and gift cards donated by Eljay’s Used Books in Dormont.

Prior to showing the actual movie, old shorts and cartoons are played on the big screen. So far, Jackson said the series has been successful.

“I recognize people as they are coming back,” she said.

Debbi Androski of Whitehall said she has been to all of the movies in the breakfast series so far. “I hope it stays open,” she said of the theater.

“White Christmas” was the second movie that Katie Oldaker of Irwin came to see. “The breakfast is really good,” she said. Her roommate took her to the event last month and this month, Oldaker brought her mother, Anne Oldaker, also of Irwin.

“It’s special to come to an old-fashioned movie theater,” Anne Oldaker said. “It’s a special Christmas treat. It’s great to have an opportunity to see ‘White Christmas’ on a big screen.”

Jackie Ruteledge of Mt. Lebanon said “White Christmas” is “my ultimate favorite holiday movie. I had no idea they did breakfast,” she said of attending her first movie in the series with plans to attend others.

“I am totally excited,” said Harald Scheckenbacher of Beechview. “I’ve been a huge Bing Crosby fan for many years.”

“It’s my all-time favorite movie,” said Sandy Saveikis of Allison Park. “It’s just so nostalgic. It takes me back to my childhood.”

“I always cry at the end, because my grandfather was in the war,” said Farah Kahn of Beechview. “I always picture my grandfather [in that scene,]” she said.

Doreen Elsesser of Ingram, who came with several friends, said of the Breakfast and a Movie, “It’s become a tradition for us.”

The next Breakfast and a Movie featuring a showing of the 1944 film “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Avenue, Dormont. Tickets for the breakfast and movie are $15 and should be ordered in advance by Jan. 17. Tickets can be purchased at the theater or online at www.showclix.com/event/breakfastandamoviejan2013. Tickets for the movie only are $7 at the door. Further information on the theater can be found online at www.thehollywooddormont.org

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