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Pittsburgh Film Organizations

Pittsburgh's film industry dates back to 1914 and boasts the world's first movie theater. Pittsburgh has been the location for more than 120 motion pictures and television productions since 1990 and currently is home to the largest sound stage outside Los Angeles and New York.

Because of Pittsburgh's rich film history, many independent and international film festivals take place in the region annually.

Take the new Official Pittsburgh Film Office Movie Location Tour, "Lights, Camera, Pittsburgh!" offered by Pittsburgh Transportation Group. Learn why Pittsburgh is called "Hollywood of the East" in a guided 3-hour tour! Check out "reel" locations from more than 30 movies and TV shows filmed in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Film Office

The Pittsburgh Film Office was founded in 1990 to promote the greater southwestern Pennsylvania region as a great location for movie, television and commercial productions. Since its inception, the PFO has brought more than 120 motion pictures and television productions to southwestern Pennsylvania to generate millions of dollars in economic impact to the region. Some of the more notable movies and TV shows filmed in Pittsburgh include: Silence of the Lambs, Flash Dance, Inspector Gadget, Wonder Boys, The Mothman Prophecies, The West Wing, The Guardian, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Smart People, The Next Three Days, Love and Other Drugs, Unstoppable, Abduction, The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Reacher, Out of the Furnace, Grudge Match and The Fault in Our Stars. View an extensive list of films shot in Pittsburgh over the last four decades.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Filmmakers is one of the largest and oldest independent media arts centers in the country. Founded in 1971 to provide media-making tools to artists, Pittsburgh Filmmakers serves everyone from emerging to established artists to nonprofit organizations and students. Their Three Rivers Film Festival is the region's largest annual film event. Filmmakers offers a curriculum of courses in film, video and photography to university and independent students in the Pittsburgh region.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers owns and operates three theaters in Pittsburgh. All theaters exhibit a wide variety of first-run foreign and independent American films as well as classics and documentaries.

  • Harris Theater

    809 Liberty Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Located in the Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District, the Harris Theater was the first theater in Pittsburgh to commercially show "art movies" The theater seats 200, and is open to the public 7 days a week.

  • Regent Square Theater

    1035 South Braddock Ave.
    Edgewood, PA 15218

    The Regent Square Theater seats 300 and was purchased by Pittsburgh Filmmakers in 1998. It is one of the few large, single-screen theaters remaining in the county, and screens movies 7 days a week. In addition to the selection of eclectic American and foreign independent film, the Regent Square Theater also hosts a Sunday-night series of classic films.

  • Melwood Screening Room

    477 Melwood Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    This modern venue was built in 1995 as part of extensive renovations that converted an urban warehouse into attractive headquarters for Filmmakers' administrative offices, its classrooms and art galleries. Free parking is available in the evening at an outdoor lot directly across the street, or on the street. It seats 130.

Steeltown Entertainment Project

Steeltown began with the simple belief that Pittsburgh has the potential to have a thriving entertainment industry, which could also be one of the region's major economic engines. This belief was shared by leaders of educational, cultural and artistic organizations in Pittsburgh as well as former Pittsburgh natives working in film and television.

Annual Film Festivals

Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival

Founded in 2006, Silk Screen showcases contemporary Asian and Asian-American films. This multi-day Festival celebrates the vast diversity of the Asian creative spirit, and features a Red Carpet Gala, Asian music concerts and discussion sessions with prominent filmmakers and actors. Silk Screen has been lauded by everyone from The Wall Street Journal to the Indian Consul General for the quality and diversity of its award-winning film offerings.

Pittsburgh Lesbian + Gay Film Festival

The Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society presents, a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered writers, directors, actors and their work. Each year in October hundreds of movie-goers are treated to ten days of high quality entertainment, including feature films, shorts, and videos from the hottest national and international LGBT filmmakers of our time. PLGFS also sponsors social events throughout the October film festival at some of Pittsburgh's most popular gay and gay-friendly nightspots.

Three Rivers Film Festival

One of the most eagerly awaited annual events in Pittsburgh, this exciting 2-week long celebration features more than 40 films - films made in Pittsburgh, documentaries, independent American cinema, shorts, restored classics with live music, and cutting-edge international films. There are parties throughout the city, a photo auction, visiting filmmakers, informal post-screening discussions and more. The Three Rivers Film Festival remains the oldest and largest annual film festival in the Pittsburgh area.