Free outdoor films at Denis

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 Mad Hot BallroomThis news was in our PG South edition but in case you missed it, here is the press release.


With support from local merchants, the Denis Theatre Foundation will launch a free outdoor film series on Washington Road beginning June 27.  

The theater, closed since 2004, is the focus of a community fundraising effort. The Denis Theatre Foundation is a volunteer project to revive Mt. Lebanon's classic movie theater for films, performance and community events as part of a vibrant business district.

 "With the Last Saturday Cinema series, we're demonstrating that movies and merchants go together," said executive director Anne Kemerer. "We're planning special events before and after each screening and invite the community to show their support."       

The movies will be screened at Parse Pavilion, the covered portion of Parse Way behind the movie theater, with technical support from Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

The line-up includes:    

 BRINGING UP BABY  (June 27): Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and a truly wild baby team up in this energetic screwball comedy from 1938, the year the Denis opened. The snappy dialogue and rapport between Grant and Hepburn make this movie a winner. Empire Music will provide live music before the movie, and Bistro 19 will keep its bar open late to host a film discussion led by Mt. Lebanon film critic Elaine Wertheim.  

THE BREAD MY SWEET  (July 25): Pittsburghers will delight in this homegrown tale of love, whimsy and biscotti, filmed in the Strip District in 2001. Filmmakers Melissa Martin and Adrienne Wehr will join the audience for a post-film discussion. 

 MAD HOT BALLROOM  (Aug, 29): This award winning 2004 documentary follows three groups of public school children as they learn to dance in preparation for a ballroom competition. The photo above shows students practicing the merengue.

 Series sponsors include Rollier's Hardware at the gold level and Molly Brannigan's at the silver level. Individual event sponsors include Integrated Environmental Systems of Carnegie (Bringing Up Baby), Bistro 19 (The Bread My Sweet), and Steel City Ballroom (Mad Hot Ballroom). 

All movies begin at 9:00 p.m. The covered venue allows shows to go on rain or shine. The space provides comfortable seating for 300. Chairs, concessions and restrooms are provided.

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