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Mystery donor gives $145K to shuttered Mt. Lebanon theater

| Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, 11:00 p.m.
The Denis Theatre in Mt. Lebanon
Heidi Murrin | | Tribune-Review
The Denis Theatre in Mt. Lebanon

An effort to revive a Mt. Lebanon movie theater that has been closed for more than a decade is getting a financial boost from a mystery donor.

The Denis Theatre Foundation received an anonymous donation of $145,000 after reaching its year-end fundraising goal of $290,000, organizers said Tuesday.

The group has raised more than $2 million since 2007, mostly from individuals and foundations.

Board chair Alan Trivilino said 277 people contributed to the foundation's fundraising campaign in 2015, and the Stern Family Foundation donated $25,000.

In a statement, Trivilino expressed his “appreciation for the wide-ranging show of support” and said he was “heartened by the depth and breadth of community involvement, from all corners of the South Hills and beyond.”

The Washington Road theater opened in 1938 and has been closed since 2004.

The facility will require major updates, including new plumbing and handicapped accessibility. Renovations could start in the second half of 2016, Trivilino said.

Tony Raap is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7827 or

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