After the Hollywood Theater in Dormont changed hands during a contentious buyout by the Theatre Historical Society of America, local film fans questioned what would happen to the dynamic programming offered by the theater’s former management, the Friends of the Hollywood Theater. Now known as Jump Cut Theater, the group will present Alternative Content, a brand new monthly screening series, at the site of their future theater at 241 East Main Street in Carnegie. Jump Cut Theater plans to temporarily transform the space – formerly the home of The Flying Squirrel – into an informal screening room to showcase 16mm film projections.
Debuting on June 9, the first Alternative Content includes selections from the personal 16mm film collections of creators Joseph Morrison, a Jump Cut Theater programmer, and Steven Haines of Flea Market Films.
The multimedia show will also feature a screening of the classic 1948 film noir He Walked By Night. When a Los Angeles police officer is savagely gunned down, a city-wide manhunt ensues for his cunning and ruthless killer. But finding the murderer, chillingly played by Richard Basehart, proves difficult for Detective Marty Brennan (Scott Brady) and his colleagues as Basehart’s Roy Morgan is always one step ahead of the law. Will modern police methods and sheer determination be enough to find the elusive cop-killer before he strikes again? Cinematographer John Alton’s brilliant use of light and shadows shine in this groundbreaking police procedural directed by Alfred L. Werker, along with an uncredited Anthony Mann. Co-written by John C. Higgins (Raw Deal) and Crane Wilbur (The Phenix City Story), it also features Jack Webb who went on to create and star in the aforementioned Dragnet. [Synopsis courtesy of Classic Flix]
Audiences will also get the chance to explore additional oddball formats of media, as stereo photography, vintage stereoviews, and film strips will all be on display before the scheduled screening.
Doors open at 7 p.m. at the 241 East Main Street location. Tickets cost $5-7.