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Hollywood Theater in Dormont just shy of fundraising goal

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A two-week “We're Almost Digital” campaign to benefit the Hollywood Theater in Dormont will run through July 29. Donations can be made by visiting and searching for “Hollywood Theater Dormont.”

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont has nearly raised enough money to buy a high-tech projection system.

Director Chad Hunter said staff at the single-screen theater on Potomac Avenue discovered in June that the regular projector was not working properly, and the Hollywood has stayed open by using a projector from Penn Hills-based Rattle Clack Entertainment.

“We've got a projector on loan through Rattle Clack for a fairly low cost,” Hunter said. “But he could call us up any day and say ‘we need that projector back.' ”

Hunter said the Friends of the Hollywood Theater this week needed $7,500 more to buy and install a digital projector, server and other equipment. The total cost of the project could run between $60,000 and $70,000, he said.

Hunter said $1,500 was pledged on Tuesday within hours of starting a fundraising campaign. As of Wednesday afternoon, that total had grown to more than $3,800.

Hunter said he hopes the total raised will surpass the $7,500 that's needed.

Jim “Jazz” Byers, owner of Rattle Clack, said he's known Hunter for years and likes the Hollywood Theater, so he was more than willing to help.

The digital projector he loaned them is one of several he uses for conferences and events, but he said he shouldn't need it back right away.

“Luckily (the breakdown) happened when it did,” Byers said. “July is my slow spell for the year.”

Distributors commonly send movies as digital files, not cans of film, so the Hollywood began its “Go Digital or Go Dark” campaign in late 2012 and raised about $20,000.

On June 27, a premiere and after-party at the Hollywood for Mt. Lebanon native Joe Mangianello's documentary “La Bare” raised more than $7,000. That money is being split between the Hollywood and the campaign to renovate and reopen the Denis Theatre in Mt. Lebanon, Hunter said.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or

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