On a cold and gloomy night, your instincts say, “curl up with a movie.” If you live here at SkyVue, we understand. As some of the newest and most energy-efficient apartments for rent in Pittsburgh, winter’s strongest drafts will never disturb your cozy indoor climate. But we think you should fight that urge to stay in and enjoy the best of both worlds: Catch a great flick and get out and explore your fascinating city. Why not make a night of it with dinner and a drink before settling in for the feature presentation? Check out our list of the Top 5 Best Places in The Burgh to Catch A Flick. Or, for more theater recommendations, see Pittsburgh Magazine’s list of its 7 Favorite Movie Theatres.
1. Manor Theater – This Squirrel Hill mainstay sets itself apart from other local cinemas not only because it shows fantastic independent films & documentaries, but because it’s one of the few theaters in town where you can enjoy beer, wine, and cocktails with your movie. Better yet, they have an unbelievably great snack bar featuring delish treats like shoestring zucchini fries, pork and Napa cabbage pot stickers, and hummus and pita chips. Popcorn, too!
2. Rangos Omnimax Theatre – On the other end of the theater spectrum is the eye-popping Rangos Omnimax, a four-story, state-of-the-art IMAX Dome Theater located inside the Carnegie Science Center. It’s one of only 50 of its kind in North America. And it’s the biggest screen in the Pittsburgh area. They show a combo of first-run flicks and IMAX-specific science and nature films. http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/omnimax/
3. Dependable Drive-In – An awesome relic of the 1950s, Moon Township’s Dependable Drive-In has four screens of double features, meaning there’s almost always something great playing. Be sure to take advantage of The Dependable Doubler, which gets you two admissions, two 16oz fountain drinks, and an 86oz popcorn…A $20.00 value for only $12.00! And incase you’re wondering, yes, you can leave your car running during the show so you don’t freeze, as long as your headlights are off. http://www.dependabledrivein.com/
4. The Hollywood Theater –Located just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh in the heart of Dormont, this historic gem shows expertly curated art-house, indie, and vintage films. Originally opened as a silent cinema in the 1920s, the Hollywood Theater is one of the last surviving single-screen movie houses in the Pittsburgh area. It was recently renovated and is operated by the nonprofit Friends of the Hollywood Theater. http://www.thehollywooddormont.org
5. Row House Cinema – Last but not least, we head to Lawrenceville’s hip Butler Street. Opened in June 2014, Row House is a single-screen movie house that typically shows revivals of past hits and favorites, dating from the dawn of cinema to the 2010s. Some of this month’s selections include four films from the acclaimed Japanese animation visionary Hayao Miyazaki from Dec. 11-17, and holiday favorites “A Christmas Story,” “Bad Santa,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and “Die Hard,” from Dec. 18-25. When planning your trip, be sure to make time to visit some of Lawrenceville’s ever-growing list of great restaurants and bars. http://rowhousecinema.com/