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Sewickley movie theater attracts more funding support

| Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, 10:54 p.m.

As leaders of The Tull Family Theater near a January opening, financial support continues to come in.

Huntington Bank has committed to sponsoring a screening room at the Sewickley nonprofit theater, organizers announced Dec. 2.

In addition, Allegheny County's Regional Asset District — known as RAD — committed $5,000, theater spokeswoman Karen Ferrick-Roman said.

“RAD has supported the most relevant organizations across the county, and we are proud to be on this list in our first year of operation,” theater Executive Director Carolina Beyers said in a statement. “We are honored to have an institution of Huntington's magnitude join us in creating more vibrant arts opportunities for residents living northwest of Pittsburgh These new partnerships allow us to extend the benefits of cinematic arts.”

The Huntington Bank sponsorship extends beyond naming rights, organizers said. The bank will support ongoing initiatives such as outreach programs and film festivals.

Huntington Bank spokesman William Eiler declined to say how much money the company put toward the theater, but said their support “is a multi-year commitment.”

In a statement, Susan Baker Shipley, president of Huntington Bank in Western Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley, said the company was “honored to join the grassroots organization of leaders, the Tull Family Foundation, Esmark and the Bouchard Family, theater donors and RAD to build and operate an independent movie theater in Sewickley.”

“There is no greater privilege than helping to transform the lives of people in our own back yard,” she said.

The nonprofit group is targeting a mid-January opening of the two-screen movie theater and community room set in the heart of Sewickley's business district.

Previously named the Vanguard Theater, the $4 million project was named for Thomas and Alba Tull, who sponsored the naming rights with a $500,000 donation the group announced in March.

Along with two movie screens, the theater will boast a gathering space known as the Esmark and Bouchard Family Community Room, sponsored by Esmark CEO Jim Bouchard, who gave a $150,000 donation, the nonprofit group announced in June.

That space will serve as a multipurpose room, fit for small-scale live performances, speaking engagements or private rentals for birthdays or weddings.

Combined, the two screening rooms and community room will hold more than 400 people.

Bobby Cherry is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rcherry@tribweb.com.

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