When we returned to Pittsburgh three years ago we were excited about our new neighborhood. It was great when we left in 1978 and since returning it continues to get better in every way. We were excited that the Regent Square Theater was still here.
We went to see a couple of films and walking up to the theater was fun but inside the theater had deteriorated. Then the theater closed for a while and the whole neighborhood was sad. It was closed for a long time and we thought its absence would change our area. Then to our joy we found out that they were finding funds to refurbish it.
Last night was our first night back to The the theater. We went to see The Mads from Mystery Science Theater 3000. The Pittsburgh Filmakers had promised live events and we had great fun watching a terrible movie with the Mads. We laughed like crazy and enjoyed the improved projection system and comfortable seats. Way to go Pittsburgh Filmmakers! Thanks for giving our neighborhood our Theather back.
If you follow this blog you know we have settled in to our new neighborhood in Pittsburgh. It is one of the three neighborhoods we wanted when we decided to relocate and was our first choice. We are only two blocks from Pittsburgh’s largest park and less than a half of mile form stores, restaurants and our very own movie theater that is the home of The Pittsburgh Film Makers. One of the things that makes it so special are the cobblestone tree lined streets.
A neighbor told me that the stones are actually Belgium block. Pittsburgh would ship steel to Belgium in the 1800’s and they would line the return holds with blocks for ballast. To maintain the neighborhood feel they don’t pave over the blocks. If there is a depression or hole, they remove the block, put in fresh fill and reset the blocks. This helps the neighborhood retain its old time feel.
Most visitors think of Chicago as an ethnic melting pot. A stew of irish,Italian, hispanic,Russian,Polish and Chinese? Really? Chinese? There is a large ethnic Chinese neighborhood in Chicago located on the South Side, centered on Cermak and Wentworth Avenues, and is an example of an American Chinatown. OK, it’s not as big as the ones in New York, San Francisco or Seattle but has essentially the same stuff; authentic restaurants,dojos, food stores and shops selling everything from crap to high end objects d’art and jewelry. You can see more images from Chicago and buy prints at my commercial gallery.