Over the past three years, Colin Matthews combined film screenings with local art, food and drink to create a unique charity event called Steel City Secret Cinema. The organizer and founder recently decided to to shake things up a bit with a new ongoing monthly series at the Hollywood Theater called Brew Cinema, which is presented under his latest venture, Cinema 412.
“We wanted to promote local breweries each month and raise money for the theater and other local non-profits,” Matthews stated in a recent press release. “Ultimately, this gives us a chance to showcase the theater each month and build some great relationships throughout the city.”
Though Brew Cinema continues Matthews’ mission of bringing area vendors, artists and film together for a good cause, there’s no secret here. Partly funded by a grant from The Sprout Fund, the series will kick off on September 24th with Galaxy Quest. Released in 1999, the comedy adventure film stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub as the washed-up stars of a once popular sci-fi TV show who are called upon by an alien race to save them from an evil force.
This time around, the fundraiser will benefit both the Hollywood Theater and Beverly’s Birthdays of Pittsburgh, an organization dedicated to providing birthday celebrations and presents to homeless children and families in-need. The evening will include sample brews from the Homestead-based Voodoo Brewing Company and limited edition screenprinted posters by artist Mike Budai. Guests can also purchase Cinema 412 t-shirts and laser etched pint glasses.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the screening starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at Showclix. Posters cost an additional $30.