Art house in Sewickley, PA sets mid-February opening

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The Tull Family Theater, a newly constructed independent film center in Sewickley, PA, will launch its two screening rooms and event/performance space with an extended soft opening on Friday, Feb. 17.

“Our inaugural films—and the movies and events that follow—will expand Pittsburgh’s robust cultural scene,” said Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers, executive director of the nonprofit. “It is important to note that while the theater is in Sewickley, it is an asset for our entire region. The Tull Family Theater will enrich lives and cultural accessibility, perhaps serving as an introduction to the textured world of independent, art-house films to communities beyond the city of Pittsburgh.”

The complex consists of:

•     The Huntington Bank Screening Room, an intimate setting for up to 77 patrons

•    A 169-seat screening room, with a stage available for curtain talks, speakers and presentations

•    The Esmark and Bouchard Family Community Room, a flexible space for small-scale music, comedy and black-box performances, speakers, classes and private rentals.

The theater’s “ZIP Over” incentive will welcome residents from specific ZIP codes across Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties in different weeks, Monday through Thursday. Besides being recognized in a special shout-out welcome, patrons from featured communities will sample free popcorn.

Special programs will begin with:

•    Classic Tuesdays, Hollywood’s best shown on the first Tuesday of each month and international classics screened on the third Tuesday of each month. The initial Hollywood classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, will kick off the series on Tuesday, March 7.

•     Family Fun, screenings of family-friendly films on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. The series will start on March 11.

•    Cultural Screenings, films showcasing music, dance and art around the world on the third Thursday of each month. The series will begin on March 16, exploring Russia’s artistic treasures with Hermitage Revealed.

As programming evolves, the theater will continue to plan collaborations with other nonprofits, schools and universities and is actively seeking funders to bring outreach programs to life.

“We are strategically located at the intersection of Allegheny County with Beaver, Butler and Washington counties,” Beyers said. “We offer residents of northern communities a close-to-home option for cultural events typically only seen in metro areas. This accessibility broadens the reach and impact of the arts.”

“I speak for the entire board of directors when I share how rewarding it is to see The Tull Family Theater launching as a regional cultural asset. What started as a grassroots idea five years ago is ready to break onto the arts scene, drawing people of different backgrounds together for culture and entertainment,” said Brian F. Duggan, president of the board of directors.