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‘Breakfast and a Movie’ a New Hit for Hollywood Theater

The next Breakfast and a Movie is a Christmas special—"White Christmas—set for Dec. 23.

Christmas is in the air, and Dormont's Hollywood Theater is celebrating with a special Dec. 23 showing of "White Christmas."

The movie will be the theater's next event for the Breakfast and a Movie program, a new item on the theater's schedule, and one that has taken off.

Friends of Hollywood Theater member Margaret Jackson said she and Heavenly Blumling, who organized the program, wanted to come up with a new way for local businesses to work together.

Now preparing for the fourth Breakfast and a Movie, they are confident they've found a hit, so to speak.

“We were just looking for an idea that would be nice for the community and nice for the theater, and also easy to do,” Jackson said. “I knew that the Oaks [Theater in Oakmont] was doing something like this, but the Oaks is way across town. You know Pittsburghers. We don’t like to cross rivers.”

Jackson said she first approached Sugar Café about getting involved, and was thrilled when owner Kelly James immediately agreed. She said the restaurant’s involvement took the event up a notch.

“They have been the best,” Jackson said. “They do such an elegant brunch. If the movie lends itself to a certain kind of food, like a southern theme for when we did ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ they work that into the menu.”

Breakfast typically includes a variety of juices and coffee, muffins, scones, mini quiches and small wrap sandwiches. Guests can eat at seating areas in the lobby, or enjoy breakfast in the theater, where cartoons or other short films are shown before the main feature.

The event has grown as more local businesses have gotten involved. Eljay’s Used Books donates a door prize and gift certificates to the store to be raffled off at each event. Trader Joe’s is donating drinks to Breakfast and a Movie this month.

“This has worked out really well,” Jackson said. “This is really a wonderful collaboration of three small, independent businesses working together to make a really nice event.”

Breakfast and a Movie normally is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month, but this month's movie will be Dec. 23 since it is planned as a Christmas event.

“I’m really excited about this. It’s turned into a good thing,” Jackson said. “We just have the greatest audiences and they just love coming. It’s so great to do programming like this.”

Tickets for Breakfast and a Movie are available at Hollywood Theater, or on Showclix. Tickets are $15 for the event and must be purchased in advance, or $7 for the movie only. Movie-only tickets can be bought at the door.

Upcoming Breakfast and a Movie events are:

More information is available on the Hollywood Theater website.

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Erin Faulk December 11, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Has anyone been to these events yet? I haven't been but I've only heard good things.
Katie December 15, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Does anyone know what time the doors open for this?
Scott Jackson December 16, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Katie - normally the doors open at 11:00. For this show, we'll probably open about 10 or 15 minutes earlier as we expect a big crowd. Tickets for the breakfast will be cut off Thursday night, both on Showclix and at the theater so that Sugar Cafe knows how much food to prepare. Tickets for the movie only can be purchased at the door.
Rivella Saulte December 27, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I went to see White Christmas. The movie was great to see on a big screen. The food was so-so. It was worth the money for the movie ticket, but I will eat at home or go somewhere else to eat prior to the movie next time.

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