The Hollywood Theater in Dormont

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont
October 15
7 p.m.

One of only two single-screen theaters in Pittsburgh’s South Hills, The Hollywood will kick off a season of themed screenings and events at its signature Halloween Party this Saturday.

The night’s special guest celeb is Movie Monster Hall of Famer Doug Bradley, who will get the party started by signing autographs and posing for photos from 7 to 8 pm. The English actor—who has dozens of movie credits under his belt—is best known for his starring role as the menacing “Pinhead” in Clive Barker’s cult classic film series, Hellraiser.

The event’s cinematic centerpiece will be a special screening selected by Bradley of the newly restored 1961 classic, The Innocents. Directed and produced by Jack Clayton, the film is based on Henry James’ Victorian gothic novella The Turn of the Screw and was adapted for the screen by Truman Capote. Starring Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave and Megs Jenkins, the supernatural, psychological horror film follows a governess who fears that the house she works in is haunted by ghosts and the children she cares for are possessed. The film is acclaimed for its atmospheric mood and music and well as its stylized use of bold, minimal lighting and deep focus shots created by cinematographer Freddie Francis.

The event will also feature a costume contest, screenings of vintage horror film trailers and scary treats. A variety of movie- and Halloween-themed baskets, Pittsburgh Penguins tickets and original pieces by local artist Wayno will be featured in the night’s raffle and silent auction.

Food, desserts and beverages will be provided in part by Cain’s Saloon. Beer from Great Lakes Brewing and wine will be available at a cash bar.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive in fully decked out costumes, naturally. Buy tickets.

For more Halloween fun at The Hollywood, check out these upcoming October events:

Halloween: October 21—23
You’ve never seen John Carpenter’s 1978 classic slasher film Halloween quite like this. Be among the first in Pittsburgh to see the newly restored and re-mastered print of the iconic and highly influential film, which was painstakingly created frame-by-frame under the supervision of renowned Halloween cinematographer, Dean Cundey.

Night of the Living Dead and Chiller Theatre Benefit Event: October 29
Celebrate the legacy of Channel 11 icon and longtime host of the beloved Chiller Theatre, Chilly Billy Cardille, during this one-night-only screening of George Romero’s 1968 zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to charity in honor of Chilly Billy.

Want to support The Hollywood? Donate to the theater’s “90 for 90 fundraising campaign” here.

Looking for more events? Check out our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in October, Everything you need to know about Pittsburgh concerts in October and 12 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this October feature stories.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...