Celebrate ‘Flashdance’ and Discover A Hidden Oasis For Film Fans

Event series The Copper Still Theater, a collection of screenings and events inside Lucky Sign spirits, will show the Pittsburgh-filmed classic mere days from its 40th anniversary.


Forty years ago this week, the Pittsburgh-filmed, Pittsburgh-set romance “Flashdance” debuted as the No. 1 movie in America. This Wednesday, it’ll return — in a surprising setting.

“Flashdance” will this Wednesday night be the first half of a double feature at the Copper Still Theater, a space hidden inside the distillery Lucky Sign Spirits in Gibsonia.

“Each business … usually has some kind of difference or advantage,” says David Hood, a limited partner at Lucky Sign who programs and presents the films for Copper Still Theater. “In our case, we have almost 12,000 feet of interior space.”

Hood, a lifelong film buff, decided to use that space to welcome guests for drinks and films. Twice a month, the space curates movie nights featuring some favorites and some very deep cuts.

“There are a few places around the city that have repertory screenings. It didn’t make sense to show the same things that other theaters do.”

Every screening has a new theme; while the anniversary of “Flashdance,” and its local origins, made it a likely choice, the second half of the evening is neither a Pittsburgh movie nor an ’80s flick: It’s the silent masterpiece “Metropolis.” The link between the two is the composer Giorgio Moroder; his synth score is part of the iconic “Flashdance” soundtrack, and he composed an alternate music track for the 1927 science-fiction film.

Still, Hood says, it’s always good to show a Pittsburgh movie — and “Flashdance” couldn’t get much more Pittsburgh.

“It’s nice to see — no matter where you’re from … your city in [a movie] that does well. It’s a bit more featured than it is in the Batman film.” The protagonist, Alex (Jennifer Beals), is “just a Steel Town girl on a Saturday night,” as the iconic song “Maniac” says — and a welder by day.

“Her vocation, obviously, feeds into it,” Hood says.

The next double-feature at Copper Still Theater will spotlight legendary (and highly meme-able) actor Christopher Walken, with two well-regarded yet less-often-shown films: the 1990 gangster flick “King of New York” and the 1986 drama “At Close Range.”

Between movie nights, Copper Still hosts trivia games, often with a pop-culture theme. The next session also has a local tie: On Wednesday, April 19, guests will be quizzed about the life and career of Michael Keaton.

It was the next logical step, Hood says, after a Jeff Goldblum trivia night a few months ago. “With careers that long, there’s no shortage of fun information and fun questions you can put together.”

At all events, Copper Still Theater offers food and signature cocktails featuring some of Lucky Sign’s offerings. Plans for all-day events — including vendor markets and some all-day movie marathons — are in the works for summer.

While film fans might see some recognizable titles coming up, Hood says the focus will always be on providing something a little bit different.

“It’s trying to find interesting ways to pair two things together — things that don’t stream too often, things that might not even be streaming at all, things that might not be seen that often in the United States.”

All events at Copper Still Theater start at 7 p.m., and tickets are available in advance or at the door.

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