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CineGrille -- film and food -- opens at Latitude in North Fayette

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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blogmenubv423A breathy Marilyn Monroe and screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” helped to mark the grand opening of CineGrille in North Fayette today.
 
It’s an 85-seat movie theater with wait staff serving food and beverages to patrons at their seats at Latitude 40. 
 
The entertainment center at The Pointe at North Fayette had a soft opening for the theater in January but cut the ribbon today with invited guests, a Marilyn lookalike, popcorn, candy and fancier food, and projection of the climactic, Pittsburgh-centric finale of the Batman movie. 
 
The full movie was going to screen afterward, with “The Lego Movie” scheduled to open Thursday. 
 
The film looked and sounded great, and the seats are comfy with small trays that slide 90 degrees to serve as a small table and reveal a cup holder. Carlene Gnazzo, vice president of sales and marketing for the venue, calls it “La-Z-Boy seating with tableside service, minus the remotes.”
 
The chairs are in clusters of five with plenty of leg room and access to the aisles for waiters or waitresses to bring food such as margherita pizza or tacos or grilled buffalo wings. The alcohol menu includes martinis, margaritas, wine and beer. 
 
CineGrille shows second-run movies (roughly six to eight weeks after release), with the “Frozen” sing-along a recent popular pick for children and adults.  It’s all digital projection and sound, with 3-D capability and a screen measuring 25 feet by 11 feet. 
 
Regular admission is $8 but the complex also is pitching the space for corporate or social events along with birthday parties for children and adults. 
 
Details are available at www.Latitude360.com but parents can buy blocks of tickets or opt for the CineGrille birthday package, $21.99 each. That gives early access to the theater 11 a.m. to noon, with one movie ticket per guest, unlimited soda and popcorn, one-topping pizza, two adult tickets per package and a birthday invitation template.
 
Latitude, with 65,000 square feet, has all sorts of entertainment options, from a bowling alley and live performance space to a restaurant and sports bar. It’s located  at 200 Quinn Drive not far from the Walmart. 
 
The complex is in the process of transitioning from Latitude 40 to Latitude 360. The Pittsburgh location opened in November 2012 and is part of a national chain based in Jacksonville, Fla. 
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Photos by Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

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Details of PSO's upcoming Wilkinsburg Community Concert

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform its community concert at Wilkinsburg High School on May 16. Details of the performance have been released. From the PSO:

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents the 11th Annual Community Engagement Concert for the community of Wilkinsburg on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Wilkinsburg High School. All proceeds from tickets sales directly benefit the music programs in the Wilkinsburg School District. More than $60,000 has been raised in Wilkinsburg through the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Community Engagement concerts.

Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor will lead the symphony in an exciting program filled with Beethoven, Bernstein, Copland, Sousa and more! A very special performance of "Take Time in Life" will feature students from the Wilkinsburg School District and Pittsburgh Obama High School. Additionally, Pittsburgh Symphony trumpet Chad Winkler will perform Haydn's Concerto in E-flat major, and vocalist Katy Williams will perform Dvorak's "Songs My Mother Taught Me" and the classic "Over the Rainbow" with the symphony. The Pittsburgh Symphony will finish with a patriotic burst of John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Tickets are $5 for students K-12 and $10 for adults. A group of 10 adult tickets is available for a discounted price of $75. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wilkinsburg High School Music Department at 412-871-2282 or 412-371-9504 x 2717, and will also be available at the door on the night of the concert.

 

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Foxcatcher gets November date

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Sony Pictures Classics will release “Foxcatcher” on Nov. 14.

The movie, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It was filmed in Western Pennsylvania in 2012.

Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”) directs the movie about John du Pont, great-great-grandson of E.I. du Pont, the industrialist who founded the chemical company. In January 1996, he shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the Foxcatcher National Training Center du Pont built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa.

Carell plays the chemical fortune heir, Ruffalo is the slain wrestler and Tatum is his brother and a champion wrestler in his own right. 

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Senior leadership changes at Pittsburgh Opera

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Pittsburgh Opera just announced a new director of development. More from the press release:

Pittsburgh, PA... Pittsburgh Opera announces a change in senior leadership with the appointment of Cynthia N. McCormick to the position of Director of Development and External Relations, effective June 1, 2014. Ms. McCormick steps into the position held by John Federico, who will be moving to Philadelphia, PA to work for the Cultural Data Project.

Ms. McCormick, who has worked for the Carnegie Museums since 2002, most recently as Associate Vice President for Government Affairs, was responsible for government relations and public affairs programs on behalf of all four of the Carnegie Museums (Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Carnegie Science Center). Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn looks forward to welcoming Ms. McCormick to this important leadership position. "She brings with her a wealth of experience and a deep knowledge of our community, which will help us to thrive as we move beyond our banner 75th Anniversary season. John Federico has served this company with great distinction and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for his hard work and fruitful fundraising efforts. We all wish him the very best in his new position in Philadelphia."

Ms. McCormick began her career in Washington, D.C. as the Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary to three members of Congress, then, as Staff Consultant to Allegheny County Commissioner Barbara Hafer, managed relations with all government bodies on matters related to the Allegheny County Jail. She also served as Director of Government Relations for the national Oncology Nursing Society, and was responsible for all lobbying activities, as well as building a government relations program. Ms. McCormick also spent six years at Port Authority of Allegheny County in various roles, including marketing, community partnerships, and government affairs, before joining the Carnegie museums.

In 2006, Ms. McCormick was appointed by Governor Rendell to the Pennsylvania Board of Judicial Conduct. In addition, she has served as the City of Pittsburgh Civil Service Commissioner for 16 years. She has been affiliated with the boards of Gilda's Club of Western Pennsylvania, WQED Community Advisory Board, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, and the Drug and Alcohol Council of Allegheny County, among others.

Mr. Federico has been the Director of Development for Pittsburgh Opera since 1999, not including a stint as Development Director at City Theatre from 2004-2010. He first joined Pittsburgh Opera in 1997 as Associate Director of Development. During his tenure, Mr. Federico coordinated and executed campaigns that raised more than $45 million for Pittsburgh Opera from individuals, corporations, foundations, government agencies, planned giving, sponsorships, and special campaigns such as the Renaissance Campaign, the Artistic Excellence Program and the 75th anniversary campaign, for which the first-year goal has already been exceeded. Mr. Federico also participated in the fundraising and planning for the first-ever National Performing Arts Convention, held in Pittsburgh in June 2004, and saw the company expand its programming into such venues as the Byham Theatre, the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), and into Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.

Ms. McCormick and Mr. Federico will work together for about two weeks in May 2014 to ensure a smooth transition.

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Producers returning for '15 Oscars

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be back as producers of the Oscars. 
 
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs made the announcement today, months in advance of the Feb. 22, 2015, telecast on ABC. 
 
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015,” said Boone Isaacs. “Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership.”
 
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson added:   “This year’s show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records, proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world,”
 
The 86th Oscars on March 2, marked the return of host Ellen DeGeneres, and featured musical performances by artists including Pharrell Williams and U2, a tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” by Pink, and a star-studded, record-breaking selfie seen around the world.
 
It’s too early for an announcement about who will host the 87th annual awards. 
 
In a statement issued by the Academy, the producers said:   “We are delighted to work with Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy to produce the Oscars for a third time. We’re proud of the show’s success over the last two years and are eager to embark on another entertaining show to honor this year’s motion pictures.”
 
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Photos: Richard Harbaugh / A.M.P.A.S. and Michael Yada / A.M.P.A.S.
 

 

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