By Justin Varney, Point Park News Service:
Despite its single screen, Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville has mastered the week-long retrospective, whether focusing on a single actor or actress or a specific genre of film.
“Picking the retrospectives comes from all the employees brainstorming together and choosing the best one,” said Deena Hower, assistant manager of the theater.
The theater is highlighting classic horror and zombie movies in its current retrospective — trom the 1932 features “White Zombie” and “Vampyr” to the original version of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” The new 80-seat theater is at 4115 Butler St.
“There’s something so fun about seeing a scary movie in a packed theater,” said moviegoer Emma Diehl of Bloomfield. “Definitely a fun experience.”
The Pittsburgh classic “Night of the Living Dead” is on the lineup, closing the retrospective with a 10:35 p.m. showing on Oct. 31.
Partnered with Atlas Bottle Works, the theater offers moviegoers the opportunity to purchase local, craft and imported beer in addition to the usual concessions. Smoke BBQ Taqueria also wants in on the action and will be opening a taco joint next to Row House Cinema.
In addition to classic films, Row House has been the home to comedy shows and local band venues.
“We want to be a community center, not just a movie theater,” said Theo Ackerson, general manager.