Feb. 12, 2018

The Tull Family Theater Starts Year 2 with Expanded Classic, STEM and Cultural Programming

The region’s newest independent, nonprofit cinema in Sewickley will mark its second year of operations on Feb. 17.

Since then, The Tull Family Theater has drawn a geographic mix of patrons, from Wexford to Washington, Chippewa to Coraopolis and Carnegie, and Gibsonia to Hookstown, Mars, Murrysville and Weirton, W. Va.

The dual screen venue with flexible event/performance space, a $4 million facility built from the ground up, has:

  • Welcomed thousands of guests, selling more than 32,000 tickets for over 90 new releases, indie and foreign films, documentaries and classics
  • Hosted two film festivals, featuring an Oscar-nominated producer and works from local and international filmmakers
  • Provided outreach programming to 360 underserved youth
  • Pioneered low-sensory screenings in this region, enabling children and families impacted by special needs, including autism, to attend the cinema
  • Launched Classic Tuesdays, often weekday sell-outs for Hollywood and holiday favorites
  • Initiated one of the region’s only full lines of cultural screenings, bringing live stage plays from Broadway and London to the screen as well as opera, musicals and artwork
  • Presented free events and performances to promote music, dance, visual arts and theater alongside cinema.

“We are grateful for the support of thousands who attended films, donated and shared their enthusiasm for The Tull Family Theater,” said Carolina Pais-Barreto Thor, executive director. “We look forward to following this action-packed year of ‘firsts’ with the enhanced programming and broadened partnerships that our second year will bring.

“Patrons tell us all the time how quickly the theater has become interwoven with their lives, from seniors with limited transportation options to school groups and memory-making outreach programming for children,” Thor said. “Special events like the Thanksgiving weekend The Sound of Music singalong and the costume-filled Star Wars premiere have generated community spirit and outstanding feedback.”

Expanded programming starts this month and is supported by individual donors, patrons, corporations, foundations, public support and operational revenues.

Science on Screen®

Science on Screen pairs films with curtain talks by leading STEM leaders to help ignite  and adult interest in science, medical, math-based and technical topics.  The only program of this kind in the tri-state area, the theater is one of 37 art house cinemas nationwide to host this initiative sponsored by the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Events will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month, March through June. Titles and dates are:

  • Marjorie Prime, March 29, the story of an aging widow who interacts with a hologram of her late husband to sharpen her memory
  • Sleepwalk with Me, April 26, chronicling how daily struggles impact the nights of a comic grappling with career and relationship realities
  • Babette’s Feast, May 31, a 1987 Oscar-winning Danish film looking at the importance of food for body and soul
  • The Man Who Knew Infinity, June 28, a biopic of a pioneer Indian math genius, not traditionally educated, and his friendship with a famed Cambridge University math theorist.

Check the theater’s website (www.thetullfamilytheater.org) for final details on speakers and panelists.

Classic Tuesdays and Encore Wednesdays
Because of high demand and typical sell-out crowds for Hollywood favorites typically screened on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., the theater is adding a daytime showing.

Encore Wednesdays will repeat the screening of the monthly Classic Tuesdays feature with open seating on a first come, first served basis. Reserved seating will be retained for Classic Tuesdays.

  •      Love Story, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 14, noon
  •      Out of Africa, March 13, 7:30 p.m., and March 14, 10:30 a.m.
  •      A Raisin in the Sun, April 10, 7:30 p.m., and April 11, 11 a.m.
  •      The Godfather, May 8, 7:30 p.m., May 9, 10:30 a.m.
  •      E.T., June 12, 7:30 p.m., June 13, 11:00 a.m.

Cultural Screenings
Films focusing on artists and their works, Broadway and London stage plays, and opera on screen will show Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with encores on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.

  • Canaletto: Art of Venice, Thursday, March 1, and Sunday, March 18
  • Tosca’s Puccini, Thursday, March 22, and Sunday, April 22
  • I, Claude Monet, Thursday, April 5, 7:30, and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m.
  • Carmen, Thursday, April 19, 7:30, and Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m.
  • Michelangelo: Love & Death, Thursday, May 3, 7:30, and Sunday, May 13, 11 a.m.
  • The Winter’s Tale (Judi Dench) Thursday, May 17, 7:30, and Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m.
  • Cezanne: Portraits of a Life, Thursday, June 7, 7:30, and Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m.
  • British Museum Presents: Hokusai, Thursday, June 21, 7:30, and Sunday, July 1, 11 a.m.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Science on Screen® series has enhanced film and scientific literacy with this popular program, which launched at the Coolidge in 2005. In partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and its pioneering nationwide film program, the Coolidge has expanded Science on Screen to dozens of cinemas nationwide, reaching a wide, non-specialized audience.

The Tull Family Theater, a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania nonprofit, is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. Supported by diverse revenue streams from private, public, corporate and foundation funding, the theater counts the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Huntington Bank, Esmark and the Bouchard Family, more than 600 individuals and its patrons among its donors. Their support helps to sustain and expand programming at an independent cinema in Sewickley offering two screens and an event/performance space. TheTullFamilyTheater.org

Contact: Karen Ferrick-Roman, Karen@thetullfamilytheater.org, cell 412.671.1456