Pittsburgh theaters are gearing up for another holiday season with plenty of movies and movie-related events. Whether it’s classic films, newer releases, or festive fare from the horror, comedy and action genres, local movie lovers can always find something to help them celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. See below for screening schedule:
Holiday Kidsplay – Harris Theater
The Harris Theater will show holiday short films and cartoons each weekend in December as part of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership‘s Downtown Pittsburgh for the Holidays event. Families can stop in the theater during designated hours between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. to enjoy some fun holiday fare. There will also be arts and crafts and a reading room in the downstairs lobby. Holiday Kidsplay will take place on December 5th and 6th, December 12th and 13th, and December 19th and 20th. All activities are free and open to the public.
Vurray Murray Movie Night: Scrooged – Altar Bar
On December 11th, Altar Bar will drink to Bill Murray with a special screening of the 1988 comedy Scrooged. The modern twist on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol stars Murray as a misanthropic TV executive who is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve. Attending Murray fans can enjoy drinking games and all sorts of merrymaking. Vurray Murray Movie Night: Scrooged will take place at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to RSVP at Ticketfly.
Deuce Comes to Dormont: Christmas Evil – Hollywood Theater
Horror fans will have a jolly time on December 12th when the Hollywood Theater presents the 1980 Christmas slasher film Christmas Evil. Called the “best seasonal film of all time” by director John Waters, the Troma release follows a toy-maker who, after suffering a psychotic break, dons a Santa suit and goes on a murderous rampage. Deuce Comes to Dormont: Christmas Evil begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase at Showclix. Guests can also arrive early to enjoy a free screening of the notorious 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special at 7 p.m.
Holiday Movie Cinebrunch – Oaks Theater
The Oaks Theater will host two festive Cinebrunch events with the 1990 comedy hit Home Alone on December 12th and the 1946 classic It’s A Wonderful Life on December 19th. Both shows will include an extensive brunch menu, with non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, breakfast bagel sandwiches, hash browns, fresh fruit, pastries, and vegetarian options. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the films starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are $14.50 to $16.50 for adults, $10 to $12 for kids under 12 years old. Non-brunch movie tickets are $7.
Christmas Tradition – Row House Cinema
From December 18th through December 25th, the Row House Cinema will roll out an entire week of beloved holiday films. The selections include the retro cult classic A Christmas Story, the raunchy comedy Bad Santa, the National Lampoon release Christmas Vacation, and the Bruce Willis action thriller Die Hard. Check the Row House website for showtimes and additional details.
Bad Movie Bingo: Don’t Open till Christmas – Smiling Moose
On December 22nd, Neo Trash Video will present a Bad Movie Bingo edition of the 1984 British holiday horror film Don’t Open till Christmas at the Smiling Moose. The obscure selection follows a Scotland Yard detective on the hunt for a killer who targets anyone wearing a Santa suit. The event includes giveaways and entertainment during intermission. Bad Movie Bingo: Don’t Open till Christmas will take place at 9 p.m. Admission is free.