In 2011, after multiple short-lived reopenings, the historic Hollywood Theater was finally reborn with the help of the surrounding Dormont community. On May 9th, the nonprofit theater will celebrate four years in business with a birthday celebration and screening.
The evening will feature special guest Tom Atkins (Creepshow, The Fog) and a brand new digital transfer of his film Escape from New York. Atkins had a supporting role in the 1981 cult thriller, which takes place in a futuristic world where Manhattan serves as a maximum security prison for the overwhelming criminal population. When Air Force One crashes on the island, and the President of the United States (Donald Pleasence) is captured, the government gives ex-soldier and outlaw Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) 24 hours to save the day. But for Snake, the mission comes with the price – succeed, and his crimes are all pardoned. Fail, and an explosive device in his neck will detonate and kill him.
The event will also include live music by The Retro Agents, hors d’oeuvres, birthday cake, beer and wine, and an auction with prizes such as Penguins box seats, a private night at the theater, and much more.
The Hollywood Theater birthday party and fundraiser will begin 6 p.m. A conversation with Atkins will take place at 7:30 p.m., followed by Escape from New York at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door ($12 advance, $15 at the door for members) and are available for purchase at Showclix. Price includes two drink tickets.