The Galleria Six cinemas in Mt. Lebanon are closed for extensive renovations that will add stadium seating, new rocker-style chairs, state-of-the-art sound and projection equipment, and an upgraded concession stand.
The theaters inside the mall went dark after business Sunday and are undergoing a complete overhaul with plans to reopen by summer, which in the movie business could mean May. A one-stop POS or point of sale will allow customers to buy tickets and concessions, while Coca-Cola Freestyle soft drink machines will offer a wide range of choices.
Unaffected are the movies at South Hills Village, also operated by Carmike Cinemas Inc., a Georgia-based chain with 256 theaters featuring 2,676 screens in 37 states. Carmike bills itself as "America's Hometown Theatre Chain," specializing in small to mid-size community locations.
The Galleria, at 1500 Washington Road, opened under different ownership and with great fanfare in June 1989 with the ability to seat 1,250 customers and innovations in sound and ticketing. It had a brush with near-closure in June 2010, but the theater came to terms with the landlord and remained open.
Carmike's website doesn't indicate the venue is closed. On Tuesday, a search for titles and times produced this message: "This theater's schedule is not yet available for this date. Please check back later."
DGA names nominees
The Directors Guild of America has named five nominees for its top honor.
They are Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), David O. Russell ("American Hustle") and Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street").
The winner will be announced at the annual DGA Awards dinner, hosted by actress Jane Lynch, Jan. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
While some of the nominees are first-timers, this is past winner Scorsese's 11th nomination. A year ago, the DGA honored Ben Affleck for "Argo," which then took best picture at the Academy Awards. Ang Lee, however, won the directing Oscar for "Life of Pi."
Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: www.post-gazette.com/madaboutmovies.