Huntington Bank and RAD invest in Pittsburgh's Tull Family Theater

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Village Theater Company, a nonprofit organization that built and soon will screen films at The Tull Family Theater in Pittsburgh, PA suburb Sewickley, has received the backing of Huntington Bank, one of the nation’s largest bank holding companies, and Allegheny County’s Regional Asset District (RAD), a leading public funder of arts and culture in Allegheny County.

Huntington Bank has committed to sponsoring a screening room in The Tull Family Theater. Beyond naming rights, Huntington will extend resources to support ongoing initiatives, such as outreach programs and film festivals. This partnership is the institution’s first of its kind in Pennsylvania.

With this seven-year commitment, Huntington will be providing banking services for Village Theater Company and there are plans for a 24-hour ATM at the theatre’s location at 418 Walnut Street. The Tull Family Theater accommodates well over 400 patrons in two screenings rooms and a flexible space for small-scale performances and events.

“There is no greater privilege than helping to transform the lives of people in our own backyard,” said Susan Baker Shipley, president of Huntington Bank in Western Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley. “All of us at Huntington are honored to join the grassroots organization of leaders, the Tull Family Foundation, Esmark and the Bouchard Family, theatre donors and RAD to build and operate an independent movie theater in Sewickley. The Tull Family Theater will bring art-house movies and other cultural programming, typically available only in metro areas, to local communities in our region and beyond.”

“RAD has supported the most relevant organizations across the county, and we are proud to be on this list in our first year of operation,” said Carolina Beyers, executive cirector of Village Theater Company. “We are honored to have an institution of Huntington’s magnitude join us in creating more vibrant arts opportunities for residents living northwest of Pittsburgh. These new partnerships allow us to extend the benefits of cinematic arts.”

As fundraising efforts for the $4 million building and its launch reach their final phases, sponsorships remain available for the Wall of Fame, personalized nameplates on theatre seats, outreach and specific programming series, according to Beyers.

The theater’s programming plans include contemporary, independent, foreign, documentary, classic and regional films; programming for children and youth; community outreach, including seniors; speaker series, live music and other small-scale performances.

For more information, visit www.villagetheatercompany.com.