Jan. 30 --City dweller or suburbanite, who doesn't like a night at the movies? But for those who live in Downtown Pittsburgh , a place that is rapidly growing with residents and after-work vitality, it's been 27 years since the neighborhood had a general-interest movie theater. Downtown still has the Harris Theater , operated by the Pittsburgh Filmmakers, But it's an arthouse cinema that shies away from popular commercial fare. Enter Rick Stern , owner of the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill , and member of the family that once owned seven movie theaters Downtown. He thinks it may be time to relaunch the mainstream movie business in the Golden Triangle , and we would bet that a cast of thousands agree. Although his idea is in the "very preliminary stages," he thinks the former Bally Total Fitness Club on Sixth Street would be a good spot for a multiscreen theater. That's a prime location in the Cultural District near restaurants, parking and transit. The cinema would be a draw not only for the neighbors but also for countless visitors who routinely come Downtown for other entertainment fare. Mr. Stern is on to a good idea. This is one screen test that could make him a star. ___ (c)2014 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Visit the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at www.post-gazette.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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