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Screenings return to Harris Theater after PCAM decision shakes local film community

click to enlarge Marquee on the Harris Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh. - CP PHOTO: ABBIE ADAMS
CP photo: Abbie Adams
Marquee on the Harris Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh.
On Monday, the fates of two local independent theaters, the Harris Theater and Regent Square Theater, became uncertain when leaders at the Pittsburgh Center for Film and Media (PCAM) fired the organization's entire film staff. PCAM announced a major downsizing and decided to close the Regent Square Theater while they “determine the future of that asset,” and ended screenings at the historic Harris Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh.

But today, it was announced screenings at the Harris at least will continue into December. Robin Elrod, spokesperson for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which hosts events at the Harris, confirmed that the film By the Grace of God will still screen there from Nov. 29 through Dec. 5.

In addition, Elrod says, “The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is currently working to ensure that scheduled screenings at its Harris Theater go on as planned for the remainder of the year.”


Directed by French filmmaker François Ozon, By the Grace of God follows three men who band together to expose a code of silence that continues to enable a priest who abused them as boys. The film is based on a true story of an ongoing scandal in France, during which a cardinal in Lyon was recently convicted for concealing the sexually abusive conduct of a priest.

The return of the Harris screenings comes in the wake of the PCAM announcement sparking public outrage and sowing confusion in the community, including from the Trust. As reported by WESA, the Trust released a statement saying it was not consulted about PCAM’s decision, adding, “We are currently evaluating next steps for use of this Trust venue and we look forward to continuing to play the finest international films and documentaries in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.”

Elrod says tickets for By the Grace of God can be purchased at the Harris at the time of showing.

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