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$1 million campaign begins for Denis Theatre

| Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 6:54 p.m.

Supporters of Mt. Lebanon's Denis Theatre are starting a campaign to raise $1 million for a new vision to restore the former Washington Road movie house.

Instead of restoring and reopening one auditorium and a gallery space on the second floor of the building, the Denis Theatre Foundation now plans to restore two auditoriums for films, lectures and community events on the first floor, with one seating 200 people and the other seating 100. There also will be a learning center and screening room on the first floor, along with a concession stand and lounge area.

The group working to reopen the 75-year-old theater studied other small movie and community venues around the country before deciding on the new course, Penny Richichi, co-executive director of the foundation, said Tuesday.

The foundation is seeking $1 million over the next year to finish funding the renovations. The foundation already has about $2 million in cash and pledges, some of which went toward purchasing the building in 2010. The Denis closed in 2004.

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

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