‘Rocky Horror’ will no longer play at Hollywood Theater
The Friends of the Hollywood Theater announced that the theater will be unable to show “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” after Jan. 1. The film is owned by Fox, which is no longer giving rights to show its movies to theaters that do not have a digital projector. But the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players—Pittsburgh’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” shadow cast — is planning a special “blackout show” at midnight on Jan. 5 as a fundraiser for a digital projector. The movie will not be shown, but the JCCP will perform the entire movie live.
“We are beside ourselves ... Rocky was consistently our biggest money-maker,” said Hollywood Theater spokeperson Margaret Jackson.
In January, The Friends of the Hollywood Theater will introduce four new series, including:
• The Appalshop Film Series kicks off at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 with “The Ralph Stanley Story,” a portrait of the Grammy award-winning bluegrass great and star of the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack. This 2000 documentary intercuts interviews with Stanley, former band members and fellow musicians like Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam with live performances of songs including “Rank Stranger,” “Pretty Polly” and “Man of Constant Sorrow.” The film is produced by Appalshop, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia dedicated to creating original films, music, spoken-word recordings, photography and books that document, disseminate and revitalize the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the Panther Hollow String Band will play in the lobby before the movie. The band features Chad Hunter, Hollywood Theater’s managing director, on banjo.
• A Silent Film Series will be introduced at 2 p.m. Jan. 13. For the premiere show, a screening of Charlie Chaplin movies “One A.M.,” “The Rink” and “The Pawnshop” will be shown with an original score composed and performed live by Tom Roberts. Chaplin scholar Dan Kamin will be on hand to discuss the movies. Kamin is the author of “The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion” and trained Robert Downey Jr. for his role in the movie “Chaplin.”
• A monthly Senior Movie Matinee begins at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 with “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Frank Capra’s 1944 screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Peter Lorre. Every month will feature a different classic movie. Tickets are $5 for those age 65 and older.
• “Variety” calls the 1983 locally-filmed movie “Flashdance” “virtually plotless, exceedingly thin on characterization and sociologically laughable.” Hustlebot, Pittsburgh’s best comedy troupe, has chosen “Flashdance” as its first movie in the Hollywood’s new Live Hecklevision Series. Every month, the Hollywood will welcome local comedians to perform live heckling during the screening of a so-bad-it’s-good movie. The series begins at 9 p.m. Jan. 26. Tickets are $10.
Breakfast and a Movie returns Jan. 30 with Frank Capra’s classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace,” starring Cary Grant. Sugar Café on Potomac Avenue will once again supply the light breakfast at 11 a.m. followed by the movie at 11:30. Tickets are $15 at the theater during regular operating hours or online at www.showclix.xom/events/breakfastandamoviejan2013. Tickets for the movie only, sponsored in part by Eljays Used Books on West Liberty Avenue, are $7 at the door.
Classics in January
• “Citizen Kane,” Orson Welles 1941 masterpiece, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3; 8 p.m. Jan. 4; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 5; and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6.
• Steven Spielberg’s 1977 film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” screens at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10; 9:15 p.m. Jan. 11; 9:15 p.m. Jan. 12; and 7 p.m. Jan. 13.
• Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove,” starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, screens at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and 9:15 p.m. Feb. 1.
Documentaries in January
• The 2012 documentary “Brooklyn Castle” is the remarkable and improbable true story of I.S. 318 in Brooklyn—a school with the highest ranked junior high chess team in the nation even though 65 percent of the students live below the federal poverty level. The movie explores the challenges and triumphs facing the team members. It screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13; and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17.
• “Burn” is an action-packed, character-driven 2012 documentary told through the eyes of the Detroit firefighters who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off. Denis Leary of the former FX television series “Rescue Me” executive produced the film that screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19. To learn more, visit www.detroitfirefilm.org.
• “Beware of Mr. Baker” examines the career of rock and roll monster Ginger Baker, the legendary, hell-raising drummer of Cream and Blind Faith. This no-holds-barred documentary is at times a sad and hilarious portrait of the man referred to as rock’s first great drummer. It screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26; and 4 p.m. Jan. 27.
• “Sushi Girl,” a 2012 flick that’s being called “the post-millennial equivalent of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs,’” screens at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24; 9 p.m. Jan. 25; and 7 p.m. Jan. 27.
• The hometown premiere of “Scream Park” is at 8 p.m. Jan. 6. The film, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, is a retro ‘80s-style slasher film about an amusement park closing for the last time. In the movie, the amusement park’s owner, played by Doug Bradley (“Hellraiser,” “Hellbound: Hellraiser II”), devises a scheme to have a pair of killers commit gruesome murders in the park as a publicity stunt to sell tickets. Conneaut Lake Park was used for location shots, and the cast is filled with Pittsburgh actors. There will be only one showing, at 8 p.m. Jan. 6. Tickets are $8 at www.screamparkmovie.com (no passes).
Schedules are subject to change. Call the Hollywood Theater at 412-563-0368 or check its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HollywoodTheaterDormont) and website (www.thehollywooddormont.org) for updates. Unless noted, admission is $7/adults and $5/children under 12 and seniors.