Harris Theater

harris theater at home

We’re excited to open the Harris Theater @ Home, a virtual cinema accessible through this website. While we know this doesn’t compare to the experience of coming to the Cultural District for a visit to the Harris Theater, we hope to continue to celebrate the diversity of cinematic artistry by providing the best of independent, international and documentary films.

Through our website, patrons will be able to purchase tickets to films currently unavailable for public rental or sale. The film distributor will share a portion of your ticket payment with the Harris Theater, meaning patrons can continue to support the Harris Theater while watching high-quality independent film from home. Thank you for your continued support of the Harris Theater, and we can’t wait for the opportunity to open our doors, turn on the lights in our lobby, and share the collective experience of cinema once again.

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show poster for Mossville: When Great Trees Fall  

Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

Available to stream May 8-May 22

Mossville, Louisiana: A once-thriving community founded by formerly enslaved and free people of color, and an economically flourishing safe haven for generations of African American families. Today it’s a breeding ground for petrochemical plants and their toxic black clouds. Many residents are forced from their homes,and those that stay suffer from prolonged exposure to contamination and pollution. Amid this chaos and injustice stands one man who refuses to abandon his family’s land - and his community.

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New York International Children's Film Festival Kid Flicks One and Two

Available to stream May 8-May 24

Grab some popcorn and get ready for a fun, artful film experience for kids and adults alike. With these hour-long screenings of the best of the New York International Children's Film Festival's short films, you can bring some artful, inspired storytelling and hilarity to your home screen. Two short film programs are available, Kid Flicks One recommended for ages 3+, and Kid Flicks Two for ages 8+. Have a great film experience with your kids, with plenty of ideas and themes to talk about long after the screening is done (and you'll have 48 hours to rewatch as much as you'd like!).

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Available to stream May 8-May 22

After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment. But something is not right. Unable to sleep, tormented by strange noises and threatening notes, her new life quickly starts to unravel. By the time she learns the horrifying truth, it's too late. Caught in a waking nightmare, Sarah must find the strength to hold onto her crumbling sanity ... or be trapped forever in an existential hell.

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Up From the Streets

Available to stream May 15-May 29

Hosted by Oscar-nominated and six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, Up From the Streets explores the unparalleled musical heritage of New Orleans. The film weaves archival and newly filmed performances by legends Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band between conversations with influential New Orleans musicians as Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and more. “This music documentary from filmmaker Michael Murphy is as ambitious as it is audacious, setting out to chronicle the history of New Orleans music — all of it, from the first slave-driven drum circles at Congo Square through to the arrival of Bounce music…. a fitting tribute to the city’s sonic history. ” – Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

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Mr. Jones

Available to stream May 22-June 5

Agnieszka Holland’s thriller, set on the eve of World War II, sees Hitler’s rise to power and Stalin’s Soviet propaganda machine pushing their “utopia” to the Western world. Meanwhile, an ambitious young journalist, Gareth Jones (Norton) travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda, but then gets a tip that could expose an international conspiracy, one that could cost him and his informant their lives. Jones goes on a life-or-death journey to uncover the truth behind the façade that would later inspire George Orwell’s seminal book Animal Farm.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Harris Theater is one of the most active arts facilities in the region showing art films nearly every day of the year. 

Formerly known as the Art Cinema, the Harris Theater represents a milestone in the redevelopment of Liberty Avenue. The Art Cinema was the first moving picture house in Pittsburgh to commercially show art movies until competition from other city theaters led to its conversion to an adult movie house in the 1960s. As part of its mission to transform the Cultural District, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust purchased and restored the facility leading to further conversions of run-down properties along the Liberty Avenue corridor. With 194 seats for movies and 178 seats for live performances, the Harris Theater officially opened to the public on November 9, 1995.

The Harris was named through a gift from the Buhl Foundation after John P. Harris, co-founder of the Nickelodeon—the first theater solely dedicated to the showing of motion pictures—and a Pennsylvania State Senator. The Harris Theater features contemporary, foreign and classic films. 

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The address is 809 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

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