House of Oddities: The Story of the Atrocity Exhibition
6 pm, Saturday, November 23.
This new documentary film by Brian Cottington highlights Pittsburgh’s largest annual odd art/performance event of a darker sensibility—Morose & Macabre’s Atrocity Exhibition—and goes behind the scenes to meet the “family” of unique artists and entertainers behind the event. Not recommended for children under 13 due to strong language, some sexual content/adult situations, and disturbing images. Bonus screening of short films Gregor and A Fever and a River, the Abject Pictures of Rachael Deacon. Odd art auction sponsored by Atrocity family artists and artisans. Q&A with the Atrocity Exhibition cast after the screening. $10 here. All proceeds benefit the construction of Atrocity Exhibition 2014 and the Hollywood Theater. More details here
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
SENIOR MOVIE MATINEE
2 p.m., Wednesday, November 27
$5 all seats
FREE MEMBERS MOVIE
7 p.m., Wednesday, November 27
Hollywood Members get in free
Start the holiday season with Frank Capra’s beloved holiday tale about a compassionate, but despairingly frustrated, businessman (Jimmy Stewart) who sees what life would have been like if he never existed.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen Concert
7:30 p.m., Saturday November 30
The Pittsburgh-based band The Bastard Bearded Irishmen bring their original, ferocious blend of rock, punk, acoustic and traditional, as well as contemporary Celtic sounds to the Hollywood Theater for the 9th annual George Henry Evans memorial show. Also featuring Lungs Face Feet, Ragweed, Bottle Rat, more.
2 p.m., Sunday, December 1
Join us for this new series featuring silent movies with live musical accompaniment by local musicians. Early Film Techniques Program with live accompaniment by the Sound/Unsound Trio. It will include Melies’ A Trip to the Moon, Buster Keaton’s One Week, Viking Eggling’s Symphonie Diagonale, The Fugitive Futurist, and more. In January (date TBA) the Hollywood will showcase Charlie Chaplin shorts with live music by Tom Roberts. This series is supported in part by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund. Advance tickets at showclix. Or get them at the door.
The Steeltown Film Factory Film Fest
6 p.m., Sunday, December 1
Come celebrate Pittsburgh’s growing film community with a FREE showing of short film made in the area. Steeltown Film Factory Short Film Festival is a one-day event featuring a series of short films and trailers made by finalists and entrants of the Steeltown Film Factory Competition, an annual event that nurtures new generations of screenwriters and filmmakers in Pittsburgh’s growing independent film community.
Madoka Magica Part 3: Rebellion
7 and 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7
The Hollywood Theater is the only theater in Pennsylvania screening the new anime movie Madoka Magica Part 3: Rebellion, which was released in Japan in October. Tickets are $15 at the links below.
To gear up for this special event, the Hollywood will show Madoka Magica Parts 1 & 2 at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 5. Tickets here.
Holiday Cartoons & Polar Express
11 a.m., Saturday December 7
Immediately following the Dormont Holiday Parade—(which runs down West Liberty Avenue and up Potomac Avenue), the Hollywood Theater will show free holiday cartoons and the movie The Polar Express—the 2004 animated movie in which a doubting boy boards a magical train on Christmas Eve that’s headed to Santa Claus’ home at the North Pole. There will be $1 popcorn and hot chocolates. The Polar Express screens again 1 p.m., Sunday, December 8.
Horror Realm Presents…
4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 8,
If you are more naughty than nice, come out for an evening of horror themed holiday movies. At 4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 8, Horror Realm will present Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964); at 6:30 p.m. is Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013); and at 8:15 p.m. is Silent Night Deadly Night 2 (1987). All shows are $5; all 3 for $10.
Kids Movie Matinee
1 p.m., Saturday, December 14
All seats are $3 for the matinee where Bill Murray will take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
Scrooged also screens 9:30 p.m., Friday, December 13; 6:30 p.m., Saturday, December 14; and 7 p.m., Sunday, December 15.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Quote-a-Long
9 p.m., Saturday, December 14
Many people have watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation—in which the Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster—so many times they know the dialogue by heart. If you’re one of them, come on out for the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Quote-a-Long—which is kind of like karaoke, but with hilarious dialogue instead of Cialis songs. The night also features an Ugly Sweater contest, trivia, and prizes. Tickets at the door or at showclix. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, starring Chevy Chase, also screens 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 12; 7 p.m., Friday, December 13; and 3 p.m., Saturday, December 14. The Saturday show is $5 for all seats.
Purple Rain Party
6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 19
It may be the month of white Christmases, but on December 19 the Hollywood will go purple for a Purple Rain Party. The evening is a celebration of all things Prince with music, prizes, rare Prince art, and the 1984 movie Purple Rain. Doors open at 6:30; movie at 8. Tickets at the door or here.
2 p.m., Saturday, December 21
Ready to fa-la-la-la-la? Then join us for a FREE Holiday Sing-Along
with Wayne Hawthorne on the Hollywood’s theater organ.
A $2 donation is suggested.
There will be $1 hot chocolates and $1 popcorn.
Drusky Entertainment Film Series
Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All
10 p.m., Saturday, December 21
This is the official Pittsburgh screening of the 2013 feature-length documentary that tells the story of this band’s 30+-year career. Long before Green Day and Blink 182 inflicted punk-rock’s puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a garage concocting the perfect mix of pop, angst, love, and coffee. The documentary features interviews with the band, along with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion), and many more. Doors open at 9:30.
Make a night of it by coming in at 7 p.m. for SLC Punk, a 1998 comedy/drama about the young punk rock fan Steven “Stevo” Levy, a college graduate living in Salt Lake City.
Each film is $10; discounted combo tickets are $18 ($1 per ticket will be donated to a charitable cause).Get tickets here.
7 p.m., Christmas Eve
The Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye classic White Christmas has become a tradition at the Hollywood Theater. In this 1954 musical, a successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. The Christmas Eve screening is a FREE popcorn night!
White Christmas is also our Breakfast and a Movie event at 11 a.m., Sunday, December 22. Info here. (You must get breakfast tickets by Thursday, December 19, but you can see the movie only for $7 at the door). It also screens 7 p.m., Sunday, December 22 (free for Hollywood members); 2 p.m., Monday, December 23 (all seats $5).
Lawrence of Arabia
7 p.m., Friday, December 27
Unwind after the Christmas madness with this 1962 David Lean Academy Award winner that stars Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, and Anthony Quinn. This sweeping epic about the real life adventures of T.E. Lawrence, a British major who unified Arab tribes and led them in the fight for independence from the Ottoman Turks in the 1920s, must be seen on the big screen to be fully appreciated. It also screens 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, December 28 and 29.
Kid City New Year’s Dance Party
2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, January 4.
Welcome 2014 with Kid City—Pittsburgh’s new indie dance party for kids. Led by DJ KellyMom—who spins familiar kid-friendly songs that parents grew up dancing to—from The Cure to No Doubt—the event also features art projects for kids and parents, rotating local craft vendors, and a snack bar with vegetarian and vegan snacks. Kids, free; parents, $5.
THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH SERIES
Monthly, September 2013 through June 2014.
WILD AT HEART
7 p.m., Friday, January 3
9:30 p.m., Saturday, January 4
His films have been known to disturb, offend, and mystify audiences. His unique cinematic style is characterized by its dream imagery, surrealism, and meticulous sound design. Starting in September 2013, the Hollywood Theater will celebrate director, filmmaker, and visual artist David Lynch with: The Films of David Lynch, a series that spotlights a different Lynch film monthly through June 2014. Upcoming movies are (times and dates to be announced later): Blue Velvet. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Lost Highway, The Straight Story, Mullholland Drive, Inland Empire.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Midnight,
Saturday, December 14 (tickets)
The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players, Pittsburgh’s official Rocky Horror floorshow cast, will have you time warping in the aisles! Since the Hollywood can no longer show Rocky on a regular basis (at least until it gets a digital projector), expect a sellout crowd. Don’t miss out—get your tickets early at the links above. Rocky rules available at the JCCP website