Movie theaters for the Pittsburgh college student

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Editor Elect

The magic of the cinema, is there anything quite like it? That’s rhetorical. Seeing a movie in theaters is no doubt much better than watching it in your home, but at the same time not all theaters are the same. With no movie theaters downtown, people who live on campus who want to go see a flick will have to do a bit of traveling, and there are pros and cons to many of the theaters in the area. So, without further ado, a guide to the nearby theaters.

AMC Waterfront 22
If you’re looking to see a mainstream film, this theater is your best bet. With 22 screens, they’ll likely have the movie you’re looking for. While getting there can be a bit of a journey, (the bus drops you off on Hot Metal Bridge so be prepared for a bit of a walk if that’s your method of transportation), it’s conveniently located next to plenty of shops and restaurants, including a Panera, so it’s definitely worth getting there early. The biggest downside to this is that this theater is extremely corporate, and is a chain that, simply put, doesn’t really care about the consumer. Their prices are exorbitant, and don’t expect them to deliver anything special.

Cinemark Robinson Township and XD
The other chain theater on this list, getting to Cinermark Robinson will be a bit more of a hassle than getting to the Waterfront, but it’s worth it. The quality level difference is astounding. Not only is Cinemark in Robinson cheaper, but their concessions and theaters are much nicer. Their seats recline and have little tables for you to set your concessions on. Like the AMC, this theater is located next to many shops and restaurants, also including a Panera. The only drawback here is the distance. If you’re relying on public transportation it’s going to take around an hour to get there, but it’s worth it once you’re there.

The Row House Cinema
The Row House is one of the coolest theaters, not just in the area but just in general. They primarily screen older films, and do themes week by week. They’re located right in the heart of Lawrenceville, next to plenty of bars and other fun activities, including Kickback Pinball Cafe, which is a great place to kick back. While this theater isn’t that large, what makes it great is it’s intimacy and the fact that you know that everyone there is going to be passionate about the movie they’re seeing. I recommend keeping an eye on what they’ve got coming up, you wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunity to see one of your favorite films on the big screen.

The Hollywood Theater
Last, but certainly not least, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont is one of the most iconic places in all of Pittsburgh. First opened in 1926 to screen silent films, this theater is brimming with history. Depending on when you go you might even see an organist playing the organ that used to be played during silent films, which is really neat. The Hollywood Theater is also located on the T line, which makes it relatively convenient for Point Park students. The only downside to the Hollywood Theater is that they only play one film a week, so it’s worth keeping an eye on what they’re showing.