100 Hickory Grade Road,
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Located at the corner of Route 50 and Hickory Grade Road. The Star City South Fayette 14 opened in May 2000 amid grand plans for a new movie house venture for KLM Theater Partners and local theatre exhibitor Jeffrey Lewine, who had owned the Cinema World chain before selling it to Carmike Cinemas, of Columbus, Ga., in 1994.
Star City, which opened at a cost of $10.5 million and was on the site of the former Mulach Steel plant, offered moviegoers the latest in amenities. It was designed by Solomon Architecture/Design Group and this was a prototype that would be used in seven locations other Star City theatres, including two in West Virginia. It turned out to be the only one that was built.
Star City auditoriums could hold 300 plus patrons and were equipped with digital sound, stadium seating, high-back red rocker chairs with cup holders and retractable armrests, and mammoth screens, the largest of which is 50 feet across. Its most visible asset was a colossal neon sign which was visible from Route 50 and Interstate 79.
The project was hailed by township officials as an excellent new start to development in the burgeoning suburb, and added a long dormant piece of property to the tax rolls.
Though posh, Star City did not hold up well against the 20-screen Destinta Theater, which screened more popular first-run movies and offered luxury box-style seating, complete prepared dinners, cocktails and wait staff.
Lewine purchased the Waterworks Cinemas on Route 28 near Fox Chapel in October 2003 and left Star City completely to manage the new South Side Works cinemas, which opened in September.
The Star City Cinemas closed on Feb. 22, 2005, citing declining business due to competition from the nearby Destinta 20 Theatres at the Great Southern Shopping Center also in Bridgeville.
The theater was considered for conversion into an office building, RV dealership and shopping center, but was reopened in 2006 as a second-run movie house with tickets as low as $1.50. Screenworks closed the theatre in May 2008.
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