The Wexford Star-Lite Drive-In is long gone, but Macy's will bring the drive-in experience back to the North Hills this weekend for a single night.
Macy's at Ross Park Mall will host a pop-up drive-in night Saturday and show "The Smurfs" and a trailer for "The Smurfs 2" at dusk on a screen erected in the mall parking lot outside the men's department. Rain date is Sunday.
The free event will feature carnival games, music and free popcorn and Cracker Jack, with hot dogs available for purchase. Families also can bring their own food.
The evening begins at 6 p.m., and moviegoers can watch the comedy from their cars or chairs they've brought. If you spend $40 or more that day on children's apparel at the sponsoring retailer, you will receive a Macy's Drive-In souvenir lawn chair, while supplies last.
"The Smurfs," released in July 2011, is a blend of live action and animation in which the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) chases the Smurfs out of their village, through a portal and into our world. They land in New York's Central Park and must find a way to get back home.
Neil Patrick Harris stars, and the voice talent includes Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin, Fred Armisen, Alan Cumming and George Lopez. The movie, 103 minutes long, is rated PG for some mild rude humor and action.
The special event is part of Macy's celebration of all things American, including drive-ins.
Movies and muffins
If you love classic movies -- and miss those delicious scones the Sugar Cafe in Dormont used to sell -- the Hollywood Theater can satisfy both of your cravings on select Sundays.
It will offer "Breakfast and a Movie" with the breakfast being catered by Kelly James, owner of the now-closed Sugar Cafe. She will offer scones, muffins, quiche and other savories along with coffee and a juice bar.
Patrons can eat in the lobby or take their food into the theater and watch classic cartoons and comedy shorts before the main attraction. Door prizes, including items from Eljay's Used Books on West Liberty Avenue in Dormont, will be presented, too.
Doors will open at 10:50 a.m., movie will start at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the brunch and movie (must be ordered online or at the theater by 11 p.m. Thursday for Sunday morning event) are $15. Film tickets only are $7 and available at the door after 11 a.m. Brunch food is first come, first served.
The series will kick off with "Rebel Without a Cause" on July 21 and also feature "Sunset Boulevard," Aug. 18; "Casablanca," Sept. 15; "Vertigo," Oct. 20; "It's a Wonderful Life," Nov. 24; and "White Christmas," Dec. 22.
For more information: thehollywooddormont.org or 412-563-0368.
Hooray for Harryhausen
Pittsburgh Filmmakers will salute the late Ray Harryhausen with its July Sunday night series at the Regent Square Theater, 1035 South Braddock Ave. Each will start at 8 p.m. with admission of $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.
Revered in the world of moviemaking and frequently mentioned by directors, animators, special-effects experts and others in interviews as a memorable influence, Harryhausen died May 7 in London. He was 92.
The special-effects guru received a special Oscar in February 1992 for "extraordinary scientific and technical achievement in film."
Series will kick off July 7 with 1956's "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" about a dying planet that sends saucers to invade Earth. They order us to surrender or die, and then they crash into every major landmark and monument in the world as the army and scientists battle furiously to stop them.
"The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," a fantasy in which young Sinbad battles a gallery of monsters including two-headed birds, a cyclops, dragons and sword-fighting skeletons, will show on July 14.
"Mysterious Island," inspired by the Jules Verne novel, is a Civil War-era fantasy in which prisoners escape in a hot-air balloon that crash lands on an island with giant creatures. It will play July 21.
The series will close July 28 with "Jason and the Argonauts," in which the explorer attempts to claim his rightful throne but must find the Golden Fleece. The Argonauts encounter all sorts of creatures, from a seven-headed reptile to an army of skeletons.
Belated Silk Screen honors
"Two Weddings and a Funeral," by South Korean director Kim Jho Gwang-soo, has won the RAGS Foundation People's Choice Award for the 2013 Silk Screen Film Festival. "The Thieves" took second place with honorable mention to "Foreign Letters."
The foundation, a nonprofit started by Sridhar and Gunjan Tayur, is based in Pittsburgh. All films except opening and closing night selections were eligible.
The festival, a showcase for Asian films and filmmakers with origins in Asian cultures, concluded in May. For more information, see silkscreenfestival.org.
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