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Tickets to CSTS Pittsburgh 2018 are now on sale!

Posted by Chris on May 3, 2018 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Here it is-- the news you've all been waiting for. I am all manner of pleased to announce that tickets for CSTS Pittsburgh 2018 are officially on sale!

You read that right. Now, I know you've probably gotten used to just showing up and buying your ticket at the door, but things have to be a little different this year. You see, our new venue, the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks, has a theater that only seats 45, so we need to sell tickets in advance so as to avoid any uncomfortableness that might come about as a result of having to turn folk away at the door.

So here's how it is...

A ticket to CSTS Pittsburgh costs $25 this year, and that money goes to Equality Now. For your $25 you will receive admission to the Big Damn Movie, as well as a "Blue Sun credit card" that's good for 8 game plays, and 10 raffle tickets. (Additional Blue Sun game cards and raffle tickets will be available on site, but you'll automatically get these ones when you buy your ticket to the event.)

Ticket sales are being handled through our new sponsor, Jump Cut Theater. A link to the ticket sale is available on the Tickets page of the Jump Cut Theater website (www.jumpcuttheater.org) or in the Web Store on this site.

Remember, there are only 45 tickets available, so don't delay. Get your tickets to the 13th annual CSTS Pittsburgh today!

See you on August 5 at the Parkway Theater.

Keep flyin',

Chris

Jump Cut Theater Official Sponsor of CSTS Pittsburgh 2018

Posted by Chris on May 2, 2018 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

CSTS Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that we have a new sponsor for 2018! Jump Cut Theater (www.jumpcuttheater.org), the organization that used to be the Friends of the Hollywood Theater, is continuing its working relationship with CSTS Pittsburgh through its sponsorship of our charity screening of Serenity at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks on August 5.  The organization is also graciously handling the ticket sales for the event.

After four years of working with FOHT to bring CSTS screenings to the Dormont area at their old location, we are honored to be able to continue our collaboration with Jump Cut Theater, an organization whose goals and philosophies are very much in line with our own.

We thank Jump Cut Theater for their sponsorship, and we're proud to have them as an official sponsor of the 13th annual CSTS Pittsburgh. 

SAVE THE DATE!- 13th Annual CSTS Pittsburgh: August 5, 2018 at the Parkway Theater

Posted by Chris on March 22, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Pittsburgh's 13th annual Can't Stop the Serenity charity screening of Serenity will take place August 5, 2018 at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks, PA.

The doors will open at noon for games and raffles, and the Big Damn Movie will begin at 2pm.

The Parkway Theater features a cash bar and micro-brewery.  Popcorn, hot dogs and other food will also be available for purchase.

All proceeds (except food and beverages) will benefit Equality Now.

More information (including ticket information) coming soon! 

New Petition to Save the Hollywood Theater

Posted by Chris on January 22, 2018 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (1)

A Dormont resident has started a petition to cancel the pending sale of the Hollywood Theater, home of CSTS Pittsburgh since 2014.  If you're not aware of what is going on with this sale, please read the statement we recently posted.


Please sign the petition.  Then tell as many people as you can about it and encourage them to sign too.  Here's the link:


https://www.change.org/p/theatre-historical-society-of-america-hands-off-the-hollywood-theater-keep-our-local-theater-out-of-national-hands" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://https://www.change.org/p/theatre-historical-society-of-america-hands-off-the-hollywood-theater-keep-our-local-theater-out-of-national-hands


Thanks for your support.  Keep flyin'.


--- Chris


Statement Regarding the Current Plight of our Host, the Hollywood Theater

Posted by Chris on January 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Fellow Browncoats:


As you are no doubt aware by now, the Hollywood Theater, the home of Can't Stop the Serenity Pittsburgh for the past four years, was recently purchased by an organization known as the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS), which claims to be Pittsburgh-based, but has only been operating in the area for about a year now and has its actual headquarters in Illinois.


Most of the recent reports of the sale in the news media have attempted to characterize the sale as some sort of rescue operation, citing statements by THS that the Hollywood was struggling to maintain its operations and that the building was in danger of being sold to a buyer who wanted to shut the theater down. At the open forum that was held at the Hollywood on Wednesday evening, January 17, the Friends of the Hollywood Theater (FOHT) made it very clear that nothing could be farther from the truth.  The FOHT has, in fact, been operating comfortably, and were even attempting to raise the capital to purchase the building themselves.  They were unaware that the owners had been secretly negotiating with THS right up until the point where they were informed of the sale.


As FOHT indicated in a public statement on January 19, "Of immediate consideration is Richard Fosbrink’s (Executive Director of THS) known and stated goal to show second-run films at the theater, as well as Joe Masher’s (Board President of THS) role in programming from afar." In other words, THS plans to turn the Hollywood into a single-screen version of a "Maxi-Saver Cinema" that shows movies that are about to become available on demand through cable providers or subscription services like Netflix and Hulu!


While it is easy to think that this might be a case in which, as Shakespeare would say, "Present fears are less than horrible imaginings," there are more than enough reasons to believe that THS has no intention of maintaining the unique programming and community connections that FOHT has worked to build through the years. Comments by former THS president and current member Karen Colizzi Noonan, which can be read in the Hollywood's statement of January 19, warn of "... a seismic shift in the operations and values of the organization..." and admit that it "...has steered away from the values and camaraderie under which THS was founded."


If that isn't enough of a red flag, consider this statement from THS' own website (emphasis is mine):


(THS Board President Joe) "Masher hopes to steer the direction of the Theatre Historical Society to be more of a business, so that it can sustain itself on revenue. He adds, “Our Theatre Affiliates Program is one way we are providing outreach to the exhibition community. It is our hope that they will, in turn, become affiliates of THS and provide us with historical information on their buildings. Once built, we will potentially guide that program to be a resource for vendors and suppliers.”


Hmm ... Sounds a lot like Alliance talk to me.


So, what impact can we, a fan group that is admittedly as loosely woven as it is tightly knit, hope to have on such a situation? Well, as Mr. Universe says in Serenity, "You can't stop the signal." We need to make our voices heard if we want to help preserve the Hollywood not only as a host site for our city's CSTS charity screenings for Equality Now, but also as a movie theater that is, in the words of FOHT's January 19 statement, "... the type of theater that hosts ‘His Girl Friday’ with a fantastic breakfast, a documentary about kangaroos, a Norwegian horror film, and a child’s birthday party all in the same week."


To that end, as the organizer of Can't Stop the Serenity Pittsburgh and an active member of the Rivers & Bridges Brigade of the PA Browncoats, I am urging you to do any or all of the following:


1. Write letters or send postcards to Mr. Brian Kelly, Hollywood Partners, c/o Kelly-Rielly-Nell-Barna Associates, 3535 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 and Mr. Richard Fosbrink, Executive Director, Theatre Historical Society of America, 461 Cochran Road, Box 144, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Tell them that you are a friend of the Hollywood Theater and that you oppose the sale of the building to Theatre Historical Society of America. In your own words, be sure to tell them why.



2. Post about the sale on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #SaveTheHollywood. Be sure to let them know you oppose the THS plan to turn the Hollywood into a 2nd run cinema. If you feel as strongly about it as I do, make it clear that you will never attend a movie at the Hollywood Theater again if THS follows through with that plan!



3. Forward this message to anyone you know who is a member of a geek fan group of a lover of classic movies.



4. Sign the change.org petition calling on THS to be more transparent and authentic in its communication, both with the public and with its own members: https://tinyurl.com/y8n66lep" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://https://tinyurl.com/y8n66lep



5. Boost the signal! Tell your friends in Starfleet, the local chapters of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion, the Pittsburgh Ghostbusters, local Whovians and Potterheads, and any other local fan meet-up group to get involved. We need to be united on this. If the Hollywood as we know it ceases to exist, we all lose.



Thanks for being on board.


Keep flyin',


Chris Tobias (Organizer, CSTS Pittsburgh)

You Can Now Order PA Browncoats Brigade Patches!

Posted by Chris on August 24, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Matt Black of the Delaware Valley Brigade is going to do a run of patches for the Brigades of the Pennsylvania Browncoats. There are five (5) Brigades: Delaware Valley Brigade, Susquehanna Valley Brigade, Rivers & Bridges Brigade, Woods & Mountains Brigade, and Mines & Mountains Brigade. At the end of this post is a list of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties that are in each brigade in case the attached map (on the "Photos" page of this site) isn't clear. Proofs of the Brigade Patches are on the "Photos" page of this site. The Chinese characters mean "Pennsylvania Browncoats". A proof of the Pennsylvania Browncoats patch is also on the "Photos" page. (It's the green PA Browncoats logo.) Its Chinese characters mean "Pennsylvania".


Initially, these patches will ONLY be sold in SETS so we can get a full run of all of the Brigade patches. There will be two (2) sets available. "Set 1" is just the five (5) Brigade patches and will cost $40. "Set 2" is the five (5) Brigade patches plus one (1) Pennsylvania Browncoats patch for a total of six (6) patches for $45.


To read the original the Facebook interest post, go to the "Links" page of this site and click on the link for the PA Browncoats Facebook page. You can order directly on the original Facebook post simply by indicating in the comments "Set 1" or "Set 2" plus quantity of each set, e.g. "x1", "x2", etc.


Or email Matt Black directly at [email protected] with what you're interested in if you aren't on Facebook.


Here's the list of counties in each Brigade:


DELAWARE VALLEY BRIGADE

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and some regions of Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware


SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY BRIGADE

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntington, Juniata,, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Schuykill, Snyder, Union, York and some regions of Northern Maryland and Northern West Virginia


RIVERS & BRIDGES BRIGADE

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland and some regions of Northern West Virginia and Eastern Ohio


WOODS & LAKES BRIGADE

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, Warren and some regions on Northeastern Ohio and Southwestern New York


MINES & MOUNTAINS BRIGADE

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Wyoming and some regions of Southeastern New York and Northwestern New Jersey


Keep flyin',


Chris

Give us your feedback on CSTS 2017... and don't forget to vote!

Posted by Chris on August 5, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

If you attended this year's CSTS Pittsburgh, we are seeking your feedback. Please take a minute or two to fill out our survey:


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/28PR2KS


Your feedback will help us make future CSTS events better. We'll leave it open until August 19, but you want to do it ASAP, while the memory of the event is still fresh and so you don't forget the survey altogether. Your input is much appreciated.


And don't forget, you can vote for CSTS Pittsburgh for "Best Fundraising Gala" in the City Paper's Best of Pittsburgh 2017 Readers' Poll once per day until August 18:


http://citypaper.secondstreetapp.com/CP-Best-Of-Pgh-Voting-Ballot/gallery?category=1128071


That is all. As you were.


Keep flyin',


Cap'n Chris

Vote for CSTS Pittsburgh in the City Paper's Best of Pittsburgh poll

Posted by Chris on August 1, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (1)

CSTS Pittsburgh has been nominated for "Best Fundraising Gala" in the 2017 City Paper "Best of Pittsburgh" poll! It sure would go a long way towards boosting our signal if we were to win that title, or at least make a strong showing. You'll find the link for it below. Please vote, and tell as many folk as you can to vote too. You can vote once per day through August 18. And while you're at it, if you see any of our Big Damn Supporters nominated, be sure to vote for them too. You can find a list of those folk on the "Links" page of this site.


That is all.  Now go vote! I'll be in touch.


Keep flyin',


Cap'n Chris


http://citypaper.secondstreetapp.com/CP-Best-Of-Pgh-Voting-Ballot/gallery?category=1128071

Thanks for another shiny shindig!

Posted by Chris on August 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Ni-hao!


I want to thank everyone who came out to CSTS Pittsburgh 2017 at the Hollywood Theater this past Sunday. I hope everyone had as much fun as the crew and I did. We raised a total of $515.50 this year. $51.50 of that will be donated to the Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center in memory of Ron Glass. The rest will go to Equality Now. Special thanks to our hosts, the Hollywood Theater, and our sponsor, geekpittsburgh.com. Of course we're already conjurin' ways to make next year's event even better, so if you had a good time, please tell your friends about us.


To date, CSTS Pittsburgh has raised over $12,000 for Equality Now and other charities, and we're part of a global effort that has raised over $1.2 million! Thank you for being a part of that.


And we're not done yet! We'll see you next year at the 13th annual CSTS Pittsburgh.


Keep flyin',


Cap'n Chris

CSTS Pittsburgh 2017 is this Sunday at the Hollywood Theater!

Posted by Chris on July 24, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Howdy,


Can you believe we're less than one week away from CSTS Pittsburgh? I know I can't. My crew and I are all kinds of busy getting ready for Sunday's shindig. Here are some last-minute things we think you need to know:


The doors open at noon. There won't be any live entertainment this year, so you'll have a full two hours before the movie to play games, win prizes and get your tickets in for the raffles. We'll have four games this year-- Zoe's Shootin' Gallery, Badger's Dodgy Dice, Jayne's Grenade Throw and Kaylee's Sprocket Toss. We'll be using the Blue Sun Credit cards for game play again this year, which you'll be able to purchase along with raffle tickets. It's free to get in, but you'll still need to make at least a $10 donation to Equality Now/the Wooten Center to see the movie, and we will have a special raffle for those who've never seen the film before, so if you bring someone who's never seen Serenity, make sure they tell the volunteer at the box office that they want to enter the first-timers' raffle.


Parking should not be an issue. We have received permission again this year to park in the parking lot of the church across the street from the Hollywood Theater, but ONLY AFTER 12:30PM. Please do not violate this rule. North Way Christian Community has been very welcoming to us for the past several years, and we don't want to spoil that relationship. Dong ma? If you get there before 12:30pm, you can either park on the street or in any of the other public lots near the Hollywood, since there is no charge to park on Sundays.


The event is BYOB. However, if you're going to enjoy the best of beverages that make you blind, please do so responsibly, and please be respectful of the Hollywood Theater's rules regarding alcohol, which are that you should stick to beer and wine, dispose of all bottles properly (we hope that one's obvious) and refrain from taking alcohol into the balcony of the theater. And of course, in the state of PA you have to be 21 to drink alcohol, so if you're a minor, you'll have to stick to the water and soda that's available at concessions.


Costumes are encouraged, and we're not the type to get jumpy about replica weapons. We just ask that if you are bringing that replica blade or firearm as an accessory for your costume, please be judicious about where and how you wear it outside the theater. We reckon other Dormont establishments won't be expecting their Sunday afternoon patrons to show up armed, and we wouldn't want to contribute to any dramatic misunderstandings.


And finally, we want to remind you that the only food and beverages available at the event are movie concessions (popcorn, candy and the like), so if you're thinking you might get a bit peckish, you'll want to eat a late breakfast or early lunch before coming to the shindig. We don't have any official after-party planned, but the crew will likely be heading over to Fredo's Deli (right next door to the Hollywood) after we close everything down. They have very good food, and have been very friendly to CSTS Pittsburgh in the past, so we don't see why we'd need to go anywhere else to grab ourselves dinner. They're open until 7pm, so if you're thinking of grabbing a meal after the movie, you might want to consider joining us.


That's about it. I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday at high noon for the 12th annual Can't Stop the Serenity Pittsburgh charity screening.


Keep flyin',


Chris


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