“People buy tickets to theatres, not movies.” — Marcus Loew
What is it about the Hollywood Theater that keeps you coming back?
Is it that we’re a historic cinema, old enough that your great-grandparents may have watched a movie with us back in the 1920s?
Perhaps it’s that we are an independent neighborhood theater where you can BYOB, grab some curry powder or bacon salt for your popcorn, hear a live theater organ, hold hands with someone in our balcony, and where the staff are unapologetic film nerds?
Or is it our programming and special events? In 2015, maybe you met Big Bird Puppeteer Caroll Spinney, punk documentary director Penelope Spheeris, drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs, or Ted Neeley from Jesus Christ Superstar? Did you talk with David Newell (Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers Neighborhood) when he presented his favorite Laurel and Hardy films, or perhaps Pittsburgh’s own Tom Atkins when he showed Escape from New York. Maybe you Time Warped at a sold out screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or caught an Oscar-nominated indie horror or anime film. Or perhaps you grabbed some tasty brunch at our monthly Breakfast & a Movie series, or saw a silent film with live musical accompaniment.
As a loyal supporter – you’ve seen our progress. Since the theater reopened in 2011, our top ten grossing films were in 2015! This is no coincidence. Every single person reading this message has been part of our growing success. You helped us get our digital projector in 2014, which was crucial to our being able to run bigger films. You donated during a Day of Giving, bought a theater membership, or became a sponsor. You rented the theater for your kid’s birthday party, or even for your wedding. And most importantly you bought tickets to our events, along with popcorn (with real butter) and soda. Without your support this year we simply wouldn’t be open, and we are grateful to each and every one of you!
And here’s where you come in again. As we plan for some fantastic films and events in 2016, we’re asking you to continue your support of the Hollywood Theater with a year-end tax deductible donation in any amount – whether $10, $50 or $100 or more. You can do that right now by:
- clicking the Paypal button above and making a donation
- sending a check made out to Friends of the Hollywood Theater to 1449 Potomac Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15216
- donating directly at the theater the next time you are in
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 412-563-0368.
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you!
– The Staff and Board of the Hollywood Theater