A message to our patrons regarding COVID-19

Harris Theater

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We’re excited to open the Harris Theater @ Home, a virtual cinema accessible through this website. While we know this doesn’t compare to the experience of coming to the Cultural District for a visit to the Harris Theater, we hope to continue to celebrate the diversity of cinematic artistry by providing the best of independent, international and documentary films.

Through our website, patrons will be able to purchase tickets to films currently unavailable for public rental or sale. The film distributor will share a portion of your ticket payment with the Harris Theater, meaning patrons can continue to support the Harris Theater while watching high-quality independent film from home. Thank you for your continued support of the Harris Theater, and we can’t wait for the opportunity to open our doors, turn on the lights in our lobby, and share the collective experience of cinema once again.

Make it a dinner and a movie night!

We are happy to announce that Vallozzi's is our official HARRIS THEATER AT HOME restaurant partner for the month of February.

Our friends at the downtown Pittsburgh Vallozzi's are offering HARRIS THEATER AT HOME fans a 15% discount on their dinner menu available for takeout. Just call the restaurant at 412-394-3400 and mention the promo code HARRIS or visit their website to redeem this special discount offer.

 

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Tazzeka

Available to stream February 1 - February 28

Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking.

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The Story of Lover's Rock

Available to stream February 5 - February 28

Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- known as 'scrubbing'- at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets. Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40) These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history.

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Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities movie poster

 

Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities

Available to stream February 14 - February 28

In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Harris Theater is one of the most active arts facilities in the region showing art films nearly every day of the year. 

Formerly known as the Art Cinema, the Harris Theater represents a milestone in the redevelopment of Liberty Avenue. The Art Cinema was the first moving picture house in Pittsburgh to commercially show art movies until competition from other city theaters led to its conversion to an adult movie house in the 1960s. As part of its mission to transform the Cultural District, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust purchased and restored the facility leading to further conversions of run-down properties along the Liberty Avenue corridor. With 194 seats for movies and 178 seats for live performances, the Harris Theater officially opened to the public on November 9, 1995.

The Harris was named through a gift from the Buhl Foundation after John P. Harris, co-founder of the Nickelodeon—the first theater solely dedicated to the showing of motion pictures—and a Pennsylvania State Senator. The Harris Theater features contemporary, foreign and classic films. 

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