With Emma Watson signing autographs on Potomac Avenue last year, and a Tom Cruise movie filming in town last December, Dormont is no stranger to celebrity visits.
But Friday's special showing of "Christmas in Compton" brought celebrities to Dormont's Hollywood Theater with a purpose. , to support survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
"We didn't expect it to get this big," said Hollywood Theater manager Chad Hunter. "We're certainly not complaining that it did. It's definitely great for the theater, but it's supporting a good cause, too. We couldn't have asked for this. It's wonderful."
The movie was co-produced by Paula Gregg and Susan Burig, both Pittsburgh natives, who chose Hollywood Theater for the event because of its dedication to showing independent films.
"We're just so excited to be here, and to be able to have this theater for this event," said Gregg, who lives in Plum.
Burig, who now lives in Los Angeles, is originally from the North Hills. She knew of Hollywood Theater, but had never seen a movie there until Friday night. She said the theater is beautiful, and she was excited to hold an event there that allowed the cast and crew to give something back.
"Hollywood can be such a gimmie-gimmie town, and it's so important to give back and have real purpose with what you do," she said. "The movie is about giving back and believing in your dreams, and we just thought this event and this setting were perfect. It's fun to be able to do something with so much meaning."
For more information about the "Christmas in Compton" event click here.