Arthouse Cinema in Sewickley Sets Opening Date


The Tull Family Theater, a newly constructed independent film center in Sewickley, PA, will open its two screening rooms and its event/performance space in mid-February.

The nonprofit outside will launch its extended soft opening on Friday, Feb. 17.

“Our inaugural films—and the movies and events that follow—will expand Pittsburgh’s robust cultural scene,” said Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers, executive director of The Tull Family Theater. “It is important to note that while the theater is in Sewickley, it is an asset for our entire region. The Tull Family Theater will enrich lives and cultural accessibility, perhaps serving as an introduction to the textured world of independent, arthouse films to communities beyond the city of Pittsburgh.”

The theater offers state-of-the-art technology and acoustics to enhance audience experiences in:

  •  The Huntington Bank Screening Room, an intimate setting for up to 77 patrons
  • A 169-seat screening room, with a stage available for curtain talks, speakers and presentations
  • The Esmark and Bouchard Family Community Room, flexible space for small-scale music, comedy and black box performances, speakers, classes and private rentals.

The theater will open with the latest Oscar nominees, with titles and showtimes to be listed on its website,

Special programs will begin with:

  • Classic Tuesdays, Hollywood’s best shown on the first Tuesday of each month and international classics screened on the third Tuesday of each month. The initial Hollywood classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, will kick off the series on Tuesday, March 7.
  •  Family Fun, screenings of family-friendly films on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. The series will start on March 11, with the film to be announced.
  •  Cultural Screenings, films showcasing music, dance and art around the world on the third Thursday of each month. The series will begin on March 16, exploring Russia’s artistic treasures with Hermitage Revealed.

As programming evolves, the theater will continue to plan collaborations with other nonprofits, schools and universities to leverage the benefits of the arts and is actively seeking funders to bring outreach programs to life.

“We are strategically located at the intersection of Allegheny County with Beaver, Butler and Washington counties,” Beyers said. “We offer residents of northern communities a close-to-home option for cultural events typically only seen in metro areas. This accessibility broadens the reach and impact of the arts.”

The theater has come to life because community leaders initiated a grassroots effort that evolved into this nonprofit, independent theater and persisted in realizing their vision. “I speak for the entire board of directors when I share how rewarding it is to see The Tull Family Theater launching as a regional cultural asset. What started as a grassroots idea five years ago is ready to break onto the arts scene, drawing people of different backgrounds together for culture and entertainment,” said Brian F. Duggan, president of the board of directors.

“We’re heartened that so many people have stepped forward with us to support this vision,” Duggan said. “The theater will fulfill a cultural void in cinematic arts for communities northwest of Pittsburgh. And we couldn’t be more pleased to see the limitless possibilities it will bring to the region.”

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