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Get to know The Oaks Theater!

First, let me introduce myself and give you some background. My name is Adam, and I’m the manager of The Oaks Theater. I’ve been with the theater for quite some time now. I started as a part-time projectionist when I was in college, at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where I was a student in the film program. I was a fan of the theater when I applied for the job, thinking that the chances of me getting it were pretty slim. Apparently stranger things have happened, or I applied at the right time, because I got it. It was a great place to work while I was working on my degree, especially for a film buff and indie filmmaker such as myself.  I gradually worked my way up, eventually taking over as the full time manager towards the end of 2011.

When I took over running the theater, I had my work cut out for me. The building had just recently been put up for sale by the owners, and we were coming out of a lull in business.  Some of our programming had become very niche and specific, in an attempt to bring in new customers, which my have alienated some of our regulars. I’ve been with the theater long enough to see various managers try various things with their programming, and I think over time, we had gotten off track.

One of the things I love about the Oaks is it’s versatility. In contrast to other theaters in the area, which are generally known for one thing, there is no one thing that we are known for.  We are tough to nail down, and I like it like that. My approach has been to offer a wide range of shows for our customers. We show everything from first run Hollywood films, smaller independent films, cult classics, crowd pleasers, fan favorites, operas, ballets, special events, and everything in-between. I want to offer a little something for everyone.

Small, neighborhood theaters are all but extinct these days. They are truly a dying breed. These theaters depend on community support to keep their doors open, and we are no exception. I plan on using this space to give everyone a peak behind the scenes of the issues that independent theaters are facing these days, and connect with the community that has supported us for 74 years.  I love this theater, and as a fan and Oakmont resident, I want to do everything I can to keep it going into the future.

So keep an eye out for my posts, and stop by and say “Hi” to me next time your are in the area.

Adam Morgan

Manager, The Oaks Theater.

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Ernie January 18, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I remember going to the Oaks as a child to watch Godzilla movies on Saturday mornings. You had to get there early to get a front row seat. Loads of fun! When I was 14, I got a job there as the ticket taker, floor sweeper, and best of all, I got to do the letters on the marquis. While that sounds fun, it wasn't s fun in the winter... Adam, good luck with your continued adventure at the Oaks. I hope all goes well.
Adam Morgan January 18, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Thanks Heidi, it's good to be here!
Adam Morgan January 18, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Thanks for your kind words, Glenn. I hear quite a bit of stories from former employees. It's one of the benefits of running a theater that has been in operation for so long!
Adam Morgan January 18, 2013 at 07:27 PM
So many people have so many great memories of the place, it's really something. It's funny, the more things change, the more they stay the same...I was outside changing the marquee last night in the cold weather, so I can sympathize. It's not always fun doing it in the winter, or when it's raining. Thank you for your kind words!
Julia Pahountis January 18, 2013 at 11:50 PM
I too worked at the Oaks, first at the candy/popcorn stand and then cashier back in the 70's when the Rodnok's owned the theatre. We had a ticket collector named Regis (can't remember his last name), Joe Larkin, a brother and sister from Penn Hills area (Joe and Patty), and so many others. Great memories!

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