Weekly Movie Roundup: March 14th – March 20th

March 14th

Hollywood Theater’s 90th Birthday Party  – Hollywood Theater

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The historic Hollywood Theater will celebrate 90 years with a special guest screening and and party. Ghost Whisperer actor and Pittsburgh native David Conrad will present a new digital restoration of the essential 1949 film noir classic The Third Man. Also included in the festivities is a live performance by Tom Roberts and Friends, food by Eliza’s Oven, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a raffle. Doors open at 7 p.m. followed by an introduction by Conrad and the film at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20  at Showclix, $25 at the door. Member tickets are $15.

Serenity Drink and Draw – Row House Cinema

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Bring your sketch pad and art supplies to Row House Cinema for a Drink and Draw celebration of the theater’s Sci-Fi Fest. Co-hosted by Atlas Tap Room and the Toonseum, the event includes a tasty draft beer of your choice, a guided drawing session, a small popcorn, and a ticket to the 9:15 p.m. showing of director Joss Whedon’s space western Serenity. Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and are available for purchase at the Row House website.

March 17th

The Birds – Melwood Screening Room

THE BIRDS, 1963.

Melwood Screening Room will present a screening of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1963 film The Birds. The horror hit stars Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor as a two people whose potential romance is interrupted by flocks of deadly birds in a small California coastal town. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow.

March 18th

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show – Oaks Theater

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Musicians Tom Roberts and Mary Beth Malek will play an original live score for three Charlie Chaplin films at the Oaks Theater. The bar and kitchen open at 6:30 p.m. followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

Mountains May Depart – Harris Theater

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The Chinese feature Mountains May Depart will open at the Harris Theater. At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, director  Jia Zhang-ke‘s new film is an intensely moving study of how China’s economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. Check the Pittsburgh Filmmakers website for showtimes.

Troublermakers: The Story of Land Art – Melwood Screening Room

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Troublermakers: The Story of Land Art will open at Melwood Screening Room. Directed by James Crump, the documentary unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s, and features rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of such storied artists as Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer. Check the Pittsburgh Filmmakers website for showtimes.

March 20th

El Topo – Regent Square Theater

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Regent Square Theater will screen Mexican director Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s 1970 film El Topo. The surreal western stars Jodorowsky as a black-clad gunfighter who embarks on a symbolic quest in an Old West version of Sodom and Gomorrah. The screening will begin at 8 p.m. 

Silents, Please! Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages – Hollywood Theater

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The Hollywood Theater continues its Silents, Please! series with the 1922 Scandinavian silent feature Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. The dark, stylish film from Benjamin Christensen traces the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to the rise of witch hunts throughout modern Europe. The screening includes live musical accompaniment by Richard Nicol of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers. The event will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

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