Success Stories Behind Pittsburgh’s Art House Theatres

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on July 21, 2015 at 9:22 am

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Do you have an art house movie theatre in your neighborhood? No matter where you are in your operations plan, you will find some helpful perspectives in this article. Here are some stories about successes in Pittsburgh, a city with with at least 11 art house theatres.

“[Pittsburgh is]…a small city uncharacteristically rich, and competitive, in independent movie offerings. Ensuring that an art house theater both serves local residents and draws enough of a crowd requires a business model that makes the theater more than a place to watch movies.

It becomes what Denis board member Mary Jo Meenen, borrowing from sociologist Ray Oldenberg, calls the “third place,” an area outside of home and work that acts as a space of “community-making.” For these new theaters, that’s been the plan from the start. “What we need to do as a big component of this is education, community offerings with the Y, the local schools,” said Mr. Duggan, president of the Village Theater Company. “It became much more than just a movie theater. It became what will hopefully be an icon.”

Read the Pittsburgh Post Gazette article here: http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2015/07/19/Pittsburgh-art-house-movie-theaters-reinvent-themselves/stories/201506180176

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Comments (2)

MPol
MPol on July 29, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Golly! It would be so nice if Boston had that many art-house movie theaters!

MPol
MPol on July 29, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Golly! It would be so nice if Boston had that many art-house movie theaters!

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