Harris Theater continues film screenings under direction of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Harris Theater continues film screenings under direction of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
click to enlarge Marquee on the Harris Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh. - CP PHOTO: AMANDA WALTZ

CP photo: Amanda Waltz

Marquee on the Harris Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The Harris Theater has found new life – for now – after the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (PCAM) announced plans to suspend programming at the historic Downtown venue.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has swooped in to keep screenings going on at the Harris after PCAM seemed poised to shutter the theater as part of a massive downsizing that included the elimination of its cinema arts programs and layoffs, as well as closing the Edgewood-based Regent Square Theater. Under the Trust, the Harris schedule, which includes a variety of new independent films and a special shorts program, will run through December into early Jan. 2020.

This comes not long after the Trust stepped in to help keep the scheduled screenings of By the Grace of God at the Harris in the aftermath of the sudden PCAM decision.

Trust public relations and communications director, Robin Elrod, confirmed that Joe Morrison, PCAM’s former director of film programming, who was among those laid off in the downsizing, is “currently contracted to work at the Harris Theater.”

“He has been invaluable during the transition and we are very happy to have been able to keep him on board,” says Elrod.

The Harris is currently screening Mickey and the Bear, a female-directed film that has received praise for lead actor Camila Morrone’s portrayal of a teen girl trying to care for her opioid-addicted father. Also showing is Skin, a film from indie distributor A24 that stars Jamie Bell as a former white supremacist forced to face the demons of his past. Showtimes for both films will continue through Thu., Dec. 12.

Upcoming films include two more A24 selections – In Fabric, a curious horror film about a woman who falls under the spell of a cursed gown, and the family drama Waves with This Is Us star, Sterling K. Brown. Rounding out the list is the free Family Shorts program playing at the Harris on Tue., Dec. 31 during the Highmark First Night event.

Tickets for all Harris films can be purchased at the door at the time of screening.