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Carnegie Science Center shows concert favorites

Mary Pickels

Popular bands often stay together long enough to produce a catalogue of music and establish a large fan base, only to dissolve or cease touring.

While the chance of seeing many bands live decreases over time, the members and their music live on through film and recordings.

This summer, the Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Giant Cinema has five film concerts on deck featuring everything from classic rock to British pop.

The cinema began showing more concert films soon after its November 2017 completion, says Nicole Chynoweth, manager of marketing, public relations and social media.

The new cinema’s technological capabilities — including a screen 70 feet wide and 38 feet tall and 45 speakers — allow the theater to show a wider variety of films.

They also offer an experience as close as one can get to being at many of the shows, Chynoweth says.

“It’s also a neat way to sort of bridge the different generations of music,” she adds. “Last summer, we showed (The Beatles’) ‘Yellow Submarine.’ I was amazed to see how many kiddos — under 12 — were there.

“We’ve started seeing a definite trend, with classic rock and jam bands. People seem to be interested in coming to our theater to see those (films),” she says.

Romantic angst

Posters of Robert Smith and the rest of The Cure decorated many a teenage bedroom wall several decades ago.

Songs like “Lovesong” and “Friday I’m in Love” are now multi-generation favorites, tunes many of us sing along to.

“The Cure — Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park” will show at 7 p.m. July 11, in which the band performs music from four decades of music.

The now seminal gig received widespread critical acclaim including five stars from The Independent, calling it “a perfect set.”

From “Boys Don’t Cry” to “Just Like Heaven,” Smith and his band — Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Roger O’Donnell and Reeves Gabrels — deliver a dramatic performance of their many hits.

A Phish Tale

This documentary about the Phish front man, “Between Me and My Mind … The Story of Trey Anastasio,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The 9:15 p.m. July 17 showing (the 7 p.m. showing is sold out) promises an intimate look at the guitarist and vocalist’s creative process.

This concert captures Anastasio as he works through some of his most personal song ideas to date, and prepares for a New Year’s Eve Phish show at Madison Square Garden, including an elaborately produced clock-strikes-midnight moment on stage.

The Beatles laugh it up

The Fab Four take on different versions of themselves and bring their sing-along hits “Can’t Buy Me Love, “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell” to the big screen with “A Hard Day’s Night — 4K Restoration.”

Screenings are planned for 4 p.m. July 19-21 and 7 p.m July 18 and 20.

One month after their iconic “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on the movie, directed by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems.

Deadheads unite

At 7 p.m. Aug. 1, fans of the Grateful Dead can celebrate the ninth annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies, featuring the previously unreleased complete June 17, 1991, concert from Giants Stadium.

The concert marks the first time the lineup with Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick appears on the big screen.

Opening with “Eyes Of The World,” the Dead mix classics like “Truckin’” and “Uncle John’s Band” with rarities including “Saint of Circumstance,” “Might As Well,” “New Speedway Boogie” and “China Doll,” closing with The Band’s “The Weight.”

Canadian trio rocks on

And finally, at 7 p.m. Aug. 21, the Rangos Giant Cinema will show “Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019.

The concert features performances from the band’s 40th-anniversary concert, including “Closer to the Heart,” “Subdivisions” and “Tom Sawyer,” along with unreleased backstage moments and candid footage previously left on the cutting room floor.

Fans can watch sound check performances of “Jacob’s Ladder” and learn what went into the making of lead singer Geddy Lee’s new book, “Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass.”

Tickets for The Beatles’ concert are $9.95. Tickets for all other shows are $13.95 adult, $11.95 children and seniors.

Details: 412-237-3400 or

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

A Rush documentary is among the concert films planned at the Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Giant Cinema this summer.
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