Hollywood Theater

1449 Potomac Avenue,
Dormont, PA 15216

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 30, 2018 at 9:19 am

Have there been any reports of grosses or attendance since the historical society took over? A fund-raising drive is currently being conducted, with details here

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 15, 2018 at 11:53 am

The number of seats in the Hollywood is currently less than the space available for seats. As of mid-July, they are removing seats and adding new seats, which came from Bowtie Cinemas. Seats removed are to be sent to the Diamond Th. in Ligonier for re-use. I don’t know what the seat total will be after this work is finished.

Patsy on January 20, 2018 at 10:17 am

Glad to learn THS owns it and has their headquarters in Pittsburgh now.

moviebuff82 on January 15, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Finally in good hands…

fred1 on January 15, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Hollywood Theater in Dormont sold to Pittsburgh-based Theatre Historical Society


Patsy on September 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Just learned of this single screen theatre. Thank you Friends of the Hollywood.

CSWalczak on August 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

The Hollywood has a new director who is working to bring digital projection to the theater: View article

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm

A photo of the Hollywood Theatre illustrates an ad for Cutler-Hammer dimmers on this page of Motion Picture News from December 29, 1928.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2012 at 7:34 am

Dormont, by the Dormont Historical Society (Google Books preview), says that the Hollywood Theatre opened as Murray’s Theatre in 1922. A few years later, it was bought by RKO-Stanley, remodeled, and renamed the Hollywood.

This comment from 2007 by thespian110, on the Cinema 4 page, says that the original architect of the Hollywood Theatre was Charles R. Geisler, but doesn’t specify if he designed the Murray Theatre of 1922 or if he was the architect of its remodeling a few years later as the Hollywood, or both. The architect of the 1948 remodeling was Victor A. Rigaumont, in any case.

SusanD on February 25, 2012 at 5:59 am

They’ll be showing “The Big Lebowski” this weekend (02/25/2012). Whoo-hooo! One of my three favorite slacker films from my teens and twenties—the other two being “Wayne’s World” and of course “Clerks”.

CSWalczak on May 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm

The theater has reopened as a non-profit: View link

dwbairborne on April 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

The Hollywood will be used in a movie that will start shooting around Pittsburgh in a couple
of months.

kathaz324 on March 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

I moved to this area last summer and have thought about how great it would be to have this theater open to walk to. It’s such a cute street to stroll down, the theater would be such an asset. I have also seen the “Opening Soon” sign posted recetly. I can’t wait to find out when that will be!

dwbairborne on March 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

My mistake. I ment (as of today March, 19. 2011)

dwbairborne on March 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

The Hollywood Theater will reopen. Has been closed for the past year plus.
The Marquee (as of today March, 19. 2010) states,,,
Opening Soon.
I will provide details soon.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Had the look of a small town Theatre too me,which is not bad.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2010 at 3:46 am

A 1948 catalog of copyright entries from the Library of Congress includes an entry for a copyright, dated February 10, to architect Victor A. Rigaumont, covering 45 pages of specifications and illustrations of the Hollywood Theatre in Dormont.

The same catalog has five other entries for copyrights granted to Rigaumont, so apparently he was in the habit of copyrighting his designs. As in those days material had to be published in order to qualify for copyright, his plans must have been published, even if only a few copies of each were made. I wonder what has become of those publications?

Robin Roz
Robin Roz on October 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

What’s happening with this place and the Denis?

TLSLOEWS on June 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Nice youtube movie of the Hollywood Theatre.

MPol on November 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Neat theatre—neat schedule of movies!!

independentfilm on November 19, 2009 at 7:21 pm

We show all kinds of formats, 35mm, blu-ray, dvd and digital server

HowardBHaas on November 17, 2009 at 8:23 am

What’s shown now? films in 35 mm or DVDs?

carolgrau on November 8, 2009 at 10:38 am

This is great news, I only ever worked this theatre once. I ran night shift with Henry Winkler and Mike Keaton, on an all day Sat. shift. What a great place and gravy job a single theatre with a platter. The people who ran it were very nice, and as all us Pittsburghers very friendly.

independentfilm on November 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

The Hollywood is alive in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. With over six new films opening every week and the seating capacity increased to 400, the Hollywood offers Pittsburgh its best movie experience.

It’s also Pittsburgh’s only byob theatre

Check us out on www.hollywooddormont.com

JodarMovieFan on August 2, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I’m curious as to how the place looks on the INSIDE. It went from a 980 seat theater, with balcony to only 298 seats? So what happened to all that space that opened up after the removal of the 700 seats or so. Also, does the place still have balcony seating for movies?