Film Notes: 85-seat dine-in cinema opens in North Fayette

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A breathy Marilyn Monroe and screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" helped to mark the grand opening of CineGrille in North Fayette Wednesday. It's an 85-person movie theater with wait staff serving food and beverages to patrons at their seats at Latitude 40.

The entertainment center at The Pointe at North Fayette had a soft opening for the theater in January but cut the ribbon last week with invited guests, a Marilyn look-alike, popcorn, candy and fancier food, and projection of the climactic, Pittsburgh-centric finale of the Batman movie.

It's all digital projection and sound, with 3-D capability and a screen measuring 25 by 11 feet. The picture looked great, the sound was clear and crisp and the seats comfy with small trays that slide 90 degrees to serve as a small table and reveal a cup holder.

Carlene Gnazzo, vice president of sales and marketing for the venue, calls it "La-Z-Boy seating with tableside service, minus the remotes."

The chairs are in clusters of five with plenty of leg room and access to the aisles for waiters or waitresses to bring food such as margherita pizza or tacos or grilled buffalo wings. The alcohol menu includes martinis, margaritas, wine and beer.

CineGrille shows second-run movies (roughly six to eight weeks after release), with the "Frozen" sing-along a recent popular pick for children and adults. "The Lego Movie" and "Non-Stop" are playing now.

Regular admission is $8 but the complex also is pitching the space for corporate or social events along with birthday parties for children and adults. See www.Latitude360.com for details.

The 65,000-square-foot entertainment complex, at 200 Quinn Drive, is in the process of transitioning from Latitude 40 to Latitude 360. The Pittsburgh location opened in November 2012 and is part of a national chain based in Jacksonville, Fla.

'Foxcatcher' Nov. 14

Sony Pictures Classics will release "Foxcatcher" on Nov. 14. The movie, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo and filmed in Western Pennsylvania, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

'Justice Is Mind' at CMU

Director-writer Mark Lund and actor Vernon Aldershoff will attend the showing of "Justice Is Mind" at 5 p.m. Monday in CMU's Baker Hall. Mr. Lund was inspired, in part, by a 2009 "60 Minutes" story addressing "thought identification" mind-reading techniques developed at CMU.

The film is set in a future where MRI technology can read your mind. A sensational trial begins when a defendant faces his own memory for a double murder he doesn't remember committing. The event is free and open to the public.

'Two Sided Story'

JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum will show "Two Sided Story" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the SouthSide Works Cinema. Admission: $10.

Director Tor Ben Mayor presents bereaved Palestinian and Israelis who, brought together by the Parents Circle Families Forum, are asked to listen to each other to encourage tolerance, peace and reconciliation. The 75-minute film will be followed by a conversation with two members of the forum.

'Barbie' to big screen

Barbie is coming to life. Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation have partnered to create a live-action movie focused on the iconic doll, the Associated Press reports.

The comedy will be written by Jenny Bicks ("What a Girl Wants") and produced by husband-and-wife team Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ("Men in Black 3"). Sony plans to go into production by the end of the year and also is developing a "Masters of the Universe" movie.


Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: www.post-gazette.com/madaboutmovies.

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