This month's theme: Movies
Welcome to the latest edition of This Awful/Awesome Life.
Jay and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the May issue.
Thank you for sending us such great articles and awesome pictures.
This month we’re talking about the Pittsburgh movie scene. Pittsburgh
is home to the Nickelodeon, the world’s first theater exclusively
devoted to showing motion pictures. It opened on June 19, 1905. The
Pittsburgh film industry dates back to 1914, but the film Tancred Commandery
Pittsburg was made here in 1898.
Pittsburgh has been called the “Hollywood of the East” because
of its growing popularity as a filming venue for major motion pictures,
independent films, documentaries, and television shows. Over one hundred-twenty
motion pictures and television productions have filmed here since 1990,
and Pittsburgh is currently home to the largest sound stage outside
of Los Angeles or New York.
Jay and I decided to take a look at some of the people in Pittsburgh
involved in various aspects of the film industry. We spoke with actors,
producers, independent filmmakers, authors and movie lovers. Many of
these people were suggested to us by our readers.
I found some incredible footage of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh films on
YouTube. I highly recommend you watch, “Pittsburgh: The Movie”
which features amazing clips from some of the movies made here. You
will gain a renewed appreciation for the unique beauty of our city.
If you are not a Pittsburgher, this video and hopefully our magazine
will make you want to get in your car or jump on a plane and visit.
Well, maybe you’ll just go on Netflix or Amazon and rent one of
Don’t forget to test your knowledge of the Pittsburgh movie scene.
Match the actor to the movies(s) filmed or partially filmed in Pittsburgh
in this month’s quiz.
Fran and Jay
Fran Joyce is an author and co-publisher of This Awful/Awesome
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