100 Hickory Grade Road,
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Previously operated by: Screenworks
Architects: Kerry Solomon
Firms: Solomon Architecture/Design Group
Previous Names: Star City South Fayette 14
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News About This Theater
- Jan 12, 2009 — South Fayette stalls decision on movie theater purchase
- Jun 2, 2008 — Hollywood Theatre closed once again
- May 28, 2008 — Screenworks 14 closes
- Nov 15, 2006 — Star City Cinemas reopens as a bargain movie house
Located at the corner of Route 50 and Hickory Grade Road. The Star City South Fayette 14 opened in May 25, 2000 amid grand plans for a new movie house venture for KLM Theater Partners and local theatre exhibitor Jeffrey Lewine, who had owned the Cinema World chain before selling it to Carmike Cinemas, of Columbus, Ga., in 1994.
Star City, which opened at a cost of $10.5 million and was on the site of the former Mulach Steel plant, offered moviegoers the latest in amenities. It was designed by Solomon Architecture/Design Group and this was a prototype that would be used in seven locations other Star City theatres, including two in West Virginia. It turned out to be the only one that was built.
Star City auditoriums could hold 300 plus patrons and were equipped with digital sound, stadium seating, high-back red rocker chairs with cup holders and retractable armrests, and mammoth screens, the largest of which is 50 feet across. Its most visible asset was a colossal neon sign which was visible from Route 50 and Interstate 79.
The project was hailed by township officials as an excellent new start to development in the burgeoning suburb, and added a long dormant piece of property to the tax rolls.
Though posh, Star City did not hold up well against the 20-screen Destinta Theater, which screened more popular first-run movies and offered luxury box-style seating, complete prepared dinners, cocktails and wait staff.
Lewine purchased the Waterworks Cinemas on Route 28 near Fox Chapel in October 2003 and left Star City completely to manage the new South Side Works cinemas, which opened in September.
The Star City Cinemas closed on February 22, 2005, citing declining business due to competition from the nearby Destinta 20 Theatres at the Great Southern Shopping Center also in Bridgeville.
The theater was considered for conversion into an office building, RV dealership and shopping center, but was reopened in 2006 as a second-run movie house with tickets as low as $1.50. Screenworks closed the theatre in May 2008. It was demolished in March 2017.
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Star City just reopened as a bargain cinema under the name Screenworks 14. No website available, but here is a link to an article from the Post Gazette View link
Running a line up much like Carmike Maxi Saver 12. 2nd run movies?
This site is jinxed. But hopefully, a new use can be found.
This theatre is now closed. It closed in April, 2008.
Star city ad at View link
What IS it about Pittsburgh area and movie theatres? Do Pittsburghers not go to the movies as much as other parts of the country? I’ve never heard of a city that seems to have so many multiplexes open and then close within a few years. There are so many other cities that even have multiplex theatres close to one another and still do business. Just wondering why it seems that it doesn’t work in the Pittsburgh area.
The theater building is going to be converted into municipal offices: View link
@telliott No, just over saturation. The Phoenix Big Cinemas 20, formerly Destinta, is about two miles away in a better location. There is nothing in the general vicinity of the old theatre.
May 25th, 2000 grand opening ad in photo section.
The theatre has been demolished within the past month.