If you love movies, then Pittsburgh is an ideal spot to put down roots — so says the Movoto blog, dedicated to "the lighter side of real estate."
In a thorough look at 100 of most populous cities in the United States, Pittsburgh came in No. 5 for Best U.S. Cities for Movie Lovers. The top 10 were:
2. San Francisco
4. Las Vegas
7. Rochester, N.Y.
These were no random picks. Writer Natalie Grigson used eight criteria for her picks:
- Movie theaters per capita
- Video rental stores per capita
- Number of indie theaters per capita
- Number of annual film festivals
- Number of film/cinema museums
- Number of film societies per capita
- Number of drive-in theaters per capita
- Bonus points for specialty theaters per capita
Each city was ranked from 1 to 100 based on these criteria, with 1 being the best and 100 being the worst for movie lovers. The results were then totaled, averaged, ranked, weighed (more weight was given to number of specialty theaters, for example).
Data was sourced from the review site Yelp (movie theaters, video stores, indie theaters, and film museums, for instance), plus websites such as Wikipedia, the Alamo Drafthouse site and Google. Among the data collected, the top city for movie theaters per capita was San Francisco, closely followed by Atlanta and Cincinnati. In last place was Toledo, Ohio, with two movie theaters for a population of more than 280,000.
According to the site, Pittsburgh was No. 2 in the category of “film societies,” in which cities were favored for having “one to two film societies for their relatively smaller city sizes,” although it didn’t name them. L.A. was a leader with seven. The 34 drive-ins and specialty theaters seems steep.
Portland, Ore., made it to No. 1 with five film fests per year, a film museum, multiple film societies, tons of movie theaters, indie theaters, a drive-in theater and the unique Kennedy School movie theater.