Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville reopening after 18-month closure

PITTSBURGH — After an 18-month long closure, Lawrenceville’s Row House Cinema will reopen its doors to the public on Sept. 3.

The soft opening will chronologically feature films from the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s for three weeks, before the theater fully reopens on Sept. 25 - which will be marked with a sold out gala and screening of Pulp Fiction, the first movie ever shown at Row House Cinema.

“We can’t tell you how excited we are to start showing movies again,” Row House Cinema owner Brian Mendelssohn said. “Our whole staff is basically re-learning how to run a movie theater this summer, and we’ve got some fantastic programming lined up for the remainder of 2021.”

After Sept. 25, the theater will operate normally and show some of the theater’s most popular movies.

“We’ve got time to make up! It’s about time we bring awesome movies back to Butler Street,” Mendelssohn said. “Our whole staff is so grateful to those who supported us throughout our closure in big and small ways. Pittsburgh is the best!”

The cinema was closed March 15, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and relied on virtual cinema, popcorn sales, private screenings and the adjoined bottle shop Bierport to keep it afloat during the closure.

Film club members will have exclusive access to the theater and private screenings from Aug. 20–Sept. 2, as a thank you for supporting Row House through 2020.