Weekly Movie Roundup: July 25th – July 31st

July 27th

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 – AMC Loews Waterfront

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AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 2003 film Kill Bill: Vol. 1 as part of their Tarantino in July series. The homage-filled martial arts action film stars Uma Thurman as The Bride, a former assassin who wakes up from a coma and seeks revenge on those who tried to kill her. The cast includes Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah and Vivica A. Fox. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.

July 29th

Coen Brothers – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema pays tribute to the work of the Coen Brothers with a week showcasing four of their films. The selections include the 1987 kidnapping comedy Raising Arizona, the 1998 stoner noir The Big Lebowski, the 2007 slow-burn thriller No Country For Old Men and the 2008 farce Burn After Reading. Showtimes will continue through August 4th.

Science on Screen: Lo and Behold premiere – Regent Square Theater

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Master documentarian Werner Herzog spent some time in Pittsburgh shooting his latest work Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. The film will premiere at the Regent Square Theater as part of their Science on Screen program. The event will include experts from Carnegie Mellon University featured in the film, a self-driving car and a post-screening Q and A. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. following by the screening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.

July 30th

Bad Movie Night – Oaks Theater

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Oaks Theater continues their Bad Movie Nite series by celebrating some of the cheesiest, most ridiculous, weirdest scenes ever filmed. The event will take place at 8 p.m. The bar opens at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7, $10 for table seats, and are available for purchase at the door on the day of the show.

Can’t Stop the Serenity – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater, along with the group Rivers and Bridges Brigade of the Pennsylvania Browncoats, will host a charity screening of the 2005 space western Serenity. Directed by Joss Whedon, and based off his cult sci-fi series Firefly, the film follows crew of a spaceship as they try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their numbers who is telepathic. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the film starting at 7 p.m. The  evening also includes games, raffles and live music. Admission is free, but a minimum $10 donation is required to see the movie. All proceeds go to toward Equality Now.

July 31st

Phantom of the Paradise – Regent Square Theater

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Regent Square Theater continues its tribute to director Brian De Palma with a screening of his 1974 rock musical Phantom of the Paradise. Starring songwriting giant Paul WilliamsPhantom of the Paradise rivals Rocky Horror Picture Show as one of the most innovative and entertaining spectacles in its genre. Extrapolating elements from Faust, The Picture of Dorian Gray and, of course, The Phantom of the Opera, the story centers on an egomaniacal music mogul named Swam (Williams) who destroys the life of Winslow Leach (William Finley), a talented balladeer who, after being left penniless and deformed, dons a silver helmet and cape to haunt Swan’s rock club, The Paradise. The screening begins at 8 p.m. 

Purple Rain Movie Party – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater honors Prince with the late night Purple Rain Movie Party. Released in 1984, the musical cult classic features numerous performances from Morris Day and the Time, Apollonia, and, of course, Prince and his band, The Revolution. The film’s soundtrack was a gigantic hit that produced chart-topping singles such as the title ballad, When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy. The screening begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

ReplayFX Finds A Pinball Wizard And More In Gaming Docs

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From July 28th through July 31st, the ReplayFX Arcade & Video Game Festival will convene at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, bringing with it over 1,000 modern and classic amusements, including pinball, consoles and tabletop games. Also featured in the lineup are three documentaries highlighting colorful characters and places that represent some of America’s cherished gaming pastimes. See film schedule and details below:

July 29th

8 p.m.

SBK The-Movie (2014)

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A true story 35 years in the making, the documentary from director Aaron Re chronicles one man’s journey to become a legend of the boardwalk by claiming the title of world champion in the fast-paced sport of professional Skee-Ball.

10:15 p.m.

Wizard Mode (2016)

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In the game of pinball, there is no greater reward than Wizard Mode – a hidden level that is only unlocked when a player completes a series of lightning-speed challenges. Robert Emilio Gagno has dedicated most of his life to mastering Wizard Mode, and is now one of the top pinball players in the world. He also happens to have autism. The first feature  documentary from Salazar Film is a candid personal perspective on autism through the life of one of the world’s greatest pinball players. The film follows Robert as he seeks to balance his quest to become a world pinball champion and his growing real world responsibilities, culminating at the largest pinball tournament in the world, Pinburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.

July 30th

The Lost Arcade (2015)

8 p.m.

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Directors Kurt Vincent and Irene Chen explore the legacy and influence of one of the last great video arcades in their feature documentary. Chinatown Fair opened as a penny arcade on Mott Street in 1944. Over the decades,the legendary gathering place, known for its tic-tac-toe playing chicken, became an institution, surviving turf wars between rival gangs, rising rents and the explosive growth of home gaming systems like Xbox and Playstation that shuttered all other arcades in the city. But as the neighborhood gentrified, this haven for a diverse community faced its strongest challenge, inspiring its biggest devotees to next-level greatness.

All screening events are included with ReplyFX admission. See ticket prices and packages at the festival website.

Weekly Movie Roundup: July 18th – July 24th

July 20th

Jackie Brown – AMC Loews Waterfront

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AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 1997 film Jackie Brown as part of their Tarantino in July series. The surprisingly romantic crime thriller stars Pam Grier as a flight attendant who enlists the help of a bail bondsman (Robert Forster) in double crossing her arms dealer boss (Samuel L. Jackson). Also stars Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.

July 21st

Silenced Films: Daisies – City of Asylum

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City of Asylum will present the 1966 Czechoslovakian film Daisies as part of their Silenced Film series. Directed by Vera Chytilová, the colorful, outrageous Soviet Era satire challenged sexual and political taboos with the depiction of two young women indulging in excess and deviancy. Czech authorities banned the state-sponsored film for wantonness and forbade Chytilová from working in her homeland until 1975. Daisies will screen in the Alphabet City Tent at 8 p.m. Admission is free but registration is required. The event is BYOB.

July 22nd

Bro-House Cinema – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will bro out with a week of movies about male bonding. The selections include the 1954 drama On the Waterfront, the 1980 musical road movie The Blues Brothers, the 2001 Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums and the 2008 comedy Step Brothers. Showtimes will continue through July 28th.

Incredibly Strange Video 20th Anniversary Reunion – Hollywood Theater

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The people behind Incredibly Strange Video, the offbeat Pittsburgh video store that closed in 2008, will curate a night of weird films for their 20th anniversary reunion at the Hollywood Theater. Selections include Invisible Invaders (1959), Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966) and Blood Feast (1963). The event begins at 7 p.m. with a reception featuring merchandise and a presentation by Incredibly Strange Video’s former owner. Films begin at 8 p.m. The evening will also include door prizes, giveaways and more. Admission is $8.

July 23rd

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment – Hollywood Theater

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The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players return for a special Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight shadowcast double feature at the Hollywood Theater. The show begins at 10 p.m. with a screening of the 1981 Rocky Horror sequel Shock Treatment, followed by the real deal at 11:45 p.m. Guests can purchase tickets for each separate screening or pay a lower fee for both films.

July 24th

Dressed to Kill – Regent Square Theater

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Regent Square Theater will continue their celebration of director Brian De Palma with Dressed to Kill. The 1980 thriller follows a call girl (Nancy Allen) who witnesses the murder of a psychiatrist’s (Michael Caine) patient by a mysterious blonde woman. The screening begins at 8 p.m.

Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project Unfolds At Oaks Theater

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The Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project has a new venue, but the challenge is the same – to write, shoot, edit and score a short film in two days. The competition also requires filmmakers to include a character (Lenny or Lani Saffron, Chocolatier), a prop (sticky note/notes) and a line (“Maybe I just don’t find you funny”). On July 20th and July 22nd, 37 teams will premiere their original works – all produced during the weekend of July 8th through July 10th – at the Oaks Theater. See the screening groups and schedule below:

July 20th

6:30 p.m.

Group A

  • Carnegie Screenwriters – Robert Scott
  • Command Pictures – Maura Snyder
  • Everlasting Productions LLC – Steve Sensebaugh
  • Gaff Tape and a Prayer – Mike Hanley
  • Gorlok Productions – Frank Fornsaglio
  • Long Knuckle Studios – David Kost
  • Reckless Amnesiac – Joseph Bucci
  • Sliced Bread Productions – Jose Alban
  • team NOT BECKY – Amanda Menendez
  • The New Century Mercury Players – Deirdre Murray-Holmes
  • Well Known Strangers – Dave Forman

9 p.m.

Group B

  • Blind Tiger Films – Josh Hausman
  • Carter Asylum Studios – Luke Carter
  • Destiny’s Adult – Dan McKosky
  • Everything But The Name Alpha – Edwin Huang
  • Goat Milk Fudge – PJ Gaynard
  • LPC Films – Justin Davis
  • LZmotion – Luis Toledo
  • Rewind Memories – Katie Funaki
  • Square Shoes Productions – Nate Sexauer
  • Team MGBGFilms – Bryan Ghingold
  • Unplanned Comedy – Woody Drennan
  • Willow Street Productions – Katrese Queen

July 22nd

6:30 p.m.

Group C

  • Beginnings – Jackie Druga
  • Blue Knight Productions – Ian Livingston
  • Children of the Corman – Darin DiNapoli
  • Dolce Vita Films – Rishi Sethi
  • Dynamite Carrot – John James Lynn
  • Everything But the Name Omega – Nathan Fullerton
  • Hutchins Films – Jesse Hutchins
  • Nut Shot Warriors – Austin Barbian
  • ShadowFrame – Jason Boyer
  • Steel Forest Productions – Matthew Haider
  • USS Improvise – Jeremy Porter

9 p.m.

Group D

  • C-47 – Tess Weaver
  • ColorNegative – Joe Wilson
  • EPOS Productions – Matt Petrunak
  • Falling October Productions – Alexander Cronin
  • Lion’s Share – Eric A. Smith
  • Locust Street Entertainment – Lance Parkin
  • Pyrite Production – Nicole Wintruba
  • Sinister Dream Productions – Nick Kizina
  • Straight to the Point Productions – William Busby
  • Ted City Yodelers – Derek Wright
  • We All We Got – James Garvin

The bar opens at 5:30 p.m. on both days.

The 48 Hour Film Project Awards Ceremony and Best Of Screening will take place on July 29th at the Oaks Theater. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for each individual screening group (Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D) are available at Brown Paper Tickets. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at 2017 Filmapalooza for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

2-Minute Film Festival Finds Its Way To Row House Cinema

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The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will present 56 micro-shorts from Pittsburgh and around the globe for the sixth annual 2-Minute Film Festival (2MFF). As opposed to previous years, audiences will receive multiple opportunities to catch the selections.

2MFF kicks off on July 15th with a party and screening at Row House Cinema. The event will feature complimentary beer from Bierport and snacks from Lawrenceville eateries B52, The Vandal and Butterwood Bake Consortium. The opening party begins at 7 p.m. Showtimes will continue at Row House through July 20th.

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On July 21st, CMOA will screen the films and announce the winners for Critics’ Choice, Audience Favorite and Best Local Film during Third Thursday: CINEMA. Guests can enjoy music by EyeJay the DJ, snap a photo on the red carpet or explore the art galleries after hours. Festivities begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the Row House opening party cost $30, $25 for CMOA members and are available for purchase online. Tickets for the Third Thursday: CINEMA event are available for purchase online or at the door.

Weekly Movie Roundup: July 11th – July 17th

July 12th

Film Kitchen – Melwood Screening Room

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The latest Film Kitchen at Melwood Screening Room will feature a Greatest Hits lineup of 15 locally-made short films and videos from the past few years. The event begins with a reception at 7 p.m. followed by the films at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.

July 13th

Pulp Fiction – AMC Loews Waterfront

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AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 1994 film Pulp Fiction as part of their Tarantino in July series. Regarded as one of the decade’s most memorable, most quotable, most influential movies, the Oscar winner revolves around the intertwining narratives involving two philosophizing hitmen (John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson), a corrupt boxer (Bruce Willis), and a gangster and his wife (Ving Rhames and Uma Thurman). The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.

July 14th

STEM on Screen: Pacific Rim – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will open to the public the latest event in their STEM on Screen series, a program for area school children that combines cinema with STEM education. The featured film is Pacific Rim, a 2013 monster movie that pits giant, man-made robots against giant, destructive creatures known as kaiju. A special guest speaker will present a pre-screening talk on CGI and special effects. STEM on Screen: Pacific Rim begins at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

July 17th

Meditation and a Movie: Gurukulam – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will combine yoga and film for Meditation and a Movie. The event will feature the documentary Gurukulam, which follows a group of students and their teacher as they confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self-identity at a remote forest ashram in southern India. Guests can participate in a Restorative Yoga/Meditation Class from 9:45 a.m.to 11 a.m. at nearby Sterling Yoga. Also included are chair massages, Life Eye Readings and a free 15-minute Guided Meditation session at the Hollywood. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. followed by the guided meditation a 12:30p.m. and the film at 1 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix. Gurukulam will also screen on July 15th and July 21st.

The Untouchables – Regent Square Theater

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Regent Square Theater returns to the days of Prohibition with The Untouchables. Directed by Brian De Palma, the stylish 1987 gangster film depicts the violent clash between G-men (Kevin Costner and Sean Connery) and crime boss Al Capone (Robert De Niro) in 1930 Chicago. The screening begins at 8 p.m.

Row House Cinema Gets Down With ‘Wild Style’

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On July 13th, Row House Cinema will celebrate the origins of hip-hop with a special screening of Wild Style.

Released theatrically in 1983 by First Run Features, and later re-released for home video by Rhino Home Video, Wild Style is regarded as the first hip-hop motion picture. Produced by Charlie Ahearn, the film features seminal figures from that period, including Fab Five Freddy, New York graffiti artist Lee QuinonesLady Pink, the Rock Steady CrewThe Cold Crush Brothers, Queen Lisa Lee of Zulu Nation, and Grandmaster Flash. The protagonist Zoro is played by Quinones.

The event will begin at 9:15 p.m. with a pre-movie performance featuring  DJ Selecta and the Get Down Gang dance crew. The film will follow. Tickets cost $9 and are available for purchase at the Row House websiteWild Style is shown as part of Music on the Big Screen.

Weekly Movie Roundup: July 4th – July 10th

July 6th

Back to the Future with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – Heinz Hall

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment by playing the soundtrack to a screening of Back to the Future. The 1985 sci-fi comedy stars Michael J. Fox as a teen who gets whipped back in time to 1950s, where he must ensure his young parents unite in order to save his own existence. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall. Tickets are available at the PSO website.

Reservoir Dogs – AMC Loews Waterfront

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AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 1992 heist thriller Reservoir Dogs as part of their Tarantino in July series. The breakthrough film from Quentin Tarantino follows a police informant (Tim Roth) who infiltrates a group of jewel thieves. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.

Rooftop Shindig: Anchorman– Theater Square Garage

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Head downtown for a Rooftop Shindig screening of Anchorman on top of the Theater Square Garage. The 2004 comedy stars Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, the macho head of a 1970s San Diego news team who falls apart when a woman (Christina Applegate) is hired as a new anchor. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes live music performances by Donora and Meeting of Important People at 7 p.m. Guests can also enjoy handcrafted food, cocktails and beer. The movie screens at sundown. Admission is free.

July 8th

Fathers and Daughters – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will screen the Pittsburgh-shot drama Fathers and Daughters. After a mental breakdown, an award-winning writer (Russell Crowe) copes with being a widower and a father while, 27 years later, his grown daughter (Amanda Seyfried) struggles to forge connections of her own. Showtimes will continue through July 14th.

Music on the Big Screen – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will spotlight rock, hip-hop and punk culture with Music on the Big Screen. Selections include the harrowing 1970 concert doc Gimme Shelter, the 1983 hip-hop doc Wild Style, the 1984 Talking Heads doc Stop Making Sense and the 2011 punk dad doc The Other F Word. Showtimes will continues through July 14th.

July 9th

Angels in the Outfield – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will screen the classic family baseball movie Angels in the Outfield. The 1951 film from director Clarence Brown follows a young reporter who blames the Pittsburgh Pirates losing streak on their abusive manager, who begins hearing the voice of an angel promising to help the team if he changes his ways. The film begins at 11 a.m.

Monster Bash Celebrates The Weird Side Of Cinema

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From July 8th through July 10th, Monster Bash returns to Mars, PA to present a weekend full of screenings, talks and activities dedicated to horror, sci-fi and fantasy films from the silent era through the 1960s.

The festival will present films representing an array of genres, eras and cultures. The selections include classics such as A Trip to the Moon (1902) and King Kong (1933), the 1962 Spanish-language curiosity Little Red Riding Hood and the Monsters and a late night outdoor showing of the Atomic Age film The Monster That Challenged the World. The schedule will also feature the horror comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the bizarre adventure Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land, as well as films starring horror icons such as Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.

Also included are two original documentaries, It Was a Colossal Teenage Movie Machine: The American International Pictures Story and Creature Feature: 60 Years of the Gill-Man. It Was a Colossal Teenage Movie Machine chronicles the history of AIP, a studio responsible for producing low-budget, exploitation fare for drive-in audiences throughout the 1950s and 60s. Narrated by actor Keith David, and containing the last known interview with Gill-man actor Ben ChapmanCreature Feature celebrates the legacy of the classic monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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The festival will also feature talks from film historians and supernatural experts, celebrity guests, live entertainment, trivia contests and kid-friendly fun. Collectors can check out posters, props and other memorabilia in the dealer ballroom.

Monster Bash will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Events begin at 9 a.m. on July 8th and July 10th, and 8 a.m. on July 9th. Early arrivals can enjoy a collection of rare films on July 7th. Many screenings will project 16mm film prints. See the Monster Bash website for admission prices and other details.

Weekly Movie Roundup: June 27th – July 3rd

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Jaws – Various Theaters

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Waterfront, here comes a Classic Movie Nights screening of Jaws. AMC Loews 22 will screen Steven Spielberg‘s iconic 1975 summer blockbuster that pits a small-town police chief (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss), and a salty boat captain (Robert Shaw) against a man-eating shark off the coast of Amity Island.  The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.

Jaws will also screen from July 1st through July 2nd at the Oaks Theater and from July 1st through July 7th at the Hollywood Theater.

July 1st 

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth – City of Asylum

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Reel Q and City of Asylum will present a screening of Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth, a feature documentary about an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th century. The event will take place at the Alphabet City Tent at 8 p.m. Admission is free and registration is required.

Fantastical Adventures – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will present a week of beloved magical films for Fantastical Adventures. The selections include the 1982 Jim Henson production The Dark Crystal, the epic 1984 fairytale The Neverending Story, the 1985 Ridley Scott fantasy Legend, and the 2010 Studio Ghibli adaptation The Secret World Of Arrietty. Showtimes will continue through July 7th.

Fursonas – Harris Theater

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Harris Theater will screen the locally-produced documentary Fursonas. Directed by Point Park University alum Dominic Rodriguez (read our interview with him), the film explores the often misunderstood world of furries, a group broadly characterized by its love of anthropomorphic animals. Showtimes will continue through July 7th.

July 2nd

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Hollywood Theater

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The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players return for another Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight shadowcast screening at the Hollywood Theater. The show begins at 11:45 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 to $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.