Sewickley's Village Theater Company gets financial boost from Tull Family Foundation
The foundation secures naming rights for the Tull Family Theater, which will hold a diverse range of events.
March 8, 2016 3:23 PM
Alba and Thomas Tull take a photo with Hines Ward, second from left, and son Jaydon and Jerome Bettis before a special preview screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."
By John Gilmore / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Village Theater Company, a nonprofit organization building an art house theater in Sewickley, announced this morning that Thomas and Alba Tull have secured the naming rights for the building through a donation made by the Tull Family Foundation.
The building project, initially called Vanguard, will be named the Tull Family Theater, after Mr. Tull and his wife. Mr. Tull founded Legendary Pictures, which has produced movies such as the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Jurassic World” and “Interstellar.”
While Pittsburgh has a thriving arts scene, the non-profit realized that communities on the outskirts of Allegheny, Beaver, and Washington counties have limited exposure to entertainment and cultural programs.
“The idea was to build a venue that would fill this void, and moreover, we’re surrounded with neighborhoods that are eager to improve their access to the arts,” said Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers, executive director of the VTC.
Preliminary excavations for the Tull Family Theater began last November. As of right now, the company aims to complete the theater’s construction by late November or December. The 11,800 square foot building on Walnut Street will have two screening rooms and a multi-use space with a capacity for 145 people.
The Village Theater Company plans to hold a diverse range of events, including comedy shows, community outreach, live music. From day one, however, the company’s main focus will still be film-oriented, hosting everything from classical to contemporary films, mini-film series, film premieres, and independent film festivals.
Although kept relatively quiet, The Tull Family Foundation’s philanthropic activity has expanded significantly as the Tulls spend more time helping out organizations in the area. The donation to the VTC is the first time they have lent their name to a local arena.
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