BREAKFAST AND A MOVIE: The Friends of the Hollywood Theater invites you to join us for a light brunch and a classic movie. Breakfast and a movie is $15 ($13 for Hollywood members). You must order your brunch ticket by 11 p.m., the Thursday BEFORE the movie online or at theater. Doors open for the brunch at 10:15 a.m., and the film starts at 11. Film only tickets ($8) can be purchased at the door after 10:40 a.m. Catering by Prohibition Pastries.
Miracle on 34th Street
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 – Get breakfast tickets by Thursday, November 17
Breakfast at 10:30AM, movie starts at 11AM
Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a bearded old gent who is the living image of Santa Claus. Serving as a last-minute replacement for the drunken Santa, Kringle is offered a job as a Macy’s toy-department Santa. Supervisor Maureen O’Hara soon begins having second thoughts about hiring Kris: it’s bad enough that he is laboring under the delusion that he’s the genuine Saint Nick; but when he begins advising customers to shop elsewhere for toys that they can’t find at Macy’s, he’s gone too far! A resident of a Long Island retirement home, Kris agrees to take a room with lawyer John Payne during the Christmas season. It happens that Payne is sweet on O’Hara, and Kris subliminally hopes he can bring the two together. Kris is also desirous of winning over the divorced O’Hara’s little daughter Natalie Wood, who in her few years on earth has lost a lot of the Christmas spirit. Complications ensue (or course) and in the end Payne represents Kris at his sanity hearing, rocking the New York judicial system to its foundations by endeavoring to prove in court that Kris is, indeed, the real Santa Claus! Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his portrayal of the “jolly old elf.” This 1947 film is irrefutable proof that gentle sentimentalism can be the chief ingredient in a wonderful film, Miracle on 34th Street delivers a warm holiday message without resorting to treacle.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 – Get breakfast tickets by Thursday, December 15
Breakfast at 10:30AM, movie starts at 11AM
Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters, Betty and Judy, who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General. Directed by Michael Curtiz, this 1954 musical stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney. It is an unabashedly sentimental holiday favorite that is too cheerful to resist.
* We encourage attendees to arrive early as the church across from the theater has services at 11. Please remember there is a lot off Glenmore Avenue, just a block and a half from the theater. That lot connects to another lot off West Liberty Avenue. Please remember the upper lot off Espy Avenue (across from the church) is PUBLIC parking; the lower lot is reserved for the church.
**Please note that while we always have vegetarian options for the breakfasts, the meals contain gluten, dairy, eggs, and sometimes nuts.
Past Screenings: David Newell (aka Mr. McFeely) Presents: It’s a Gift and The Musicbox (March ’15); Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Presents: Undaunted & The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh; Kevin Sousa Presents: The Big Lebowski (June ’14), Gillian Jacobs Presents: Gardens Of The Night and Vagabond (May ’14)
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: At midnight ever other Saturday! The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players (JCCP) presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show twice a month at the Hollywood Theater. The JCCP—Pittsburgh’s official Rocky Horror shadow cast performs and sells audience participation goodie bags at the door! Dates and tickets are at http://www.showclix.com/event/RockyHorrorHollywood.
Faust w/ live music by Richard Nicol and Steve Rightnour
December 4th, 2016 – 4:00PM
As part of our monthly silent film series with live musical accompaniment, we are pleased to present FAUST with live music by Richard Nicol and Steve Rightnour as Pittsburgh Modular and Monorocket.
Roger Ebert wrote that F.W. Murnau made two of the greatest films of the supernatural, “Nosferatu” (1922) and “Faust (1926).” Faust was F.W. Murnau’s last German film, and directly afterward he moved to the US under contract to William Fox to direct Sunrise (1927).
In this classic of silent cinema, the demon Mephisto (Emil Jannings) makes a bet with an archangel that a good man’s soul can be corrupted. Mephisto sets his sights on the thoughtful old alchemist Faust (Gösta Ekman), who is desperately trying to save his village from a plague. He is able to help the villagers, thanks to Mephisto, but further dealings with the devil lead Faust on a decadent downward spiral. Can he redeem his soul before it’s too late?
Past Screenings: The Lodger (Nov. ’15), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari & Nosferatu (Oct. ’15), The Golem (Sept. ’15), The Gold Rush (July ’15), Metropolis (April ’15), The Kid (March ’15), Rediscovering Bert Williams & Early Black Cinema (Feb. ’15), There Ain’t No Santa Claus (Dec. ’15), Good Cheer (Dec. ’15), Big Business (Dec. ’15), Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (Nov. ’14), The General (Sept. ’14), Seven Chances (July ’14), Speedy (June ’14), The Pawnshop (May ’14), The Butcher Boy (Apr. ’14), Hot Water (Mar. ’14), Beggars of Life (Nov. ’13)