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Denis Theatre Foundation

Denis Theatre Foundation
CROWDRISE : Nov 04, 2016
Tax ID: 26-1700201
BASED: Pittsburgh, PA, United States


History & Mission

Our mission is to enrich and educate the community through distinctive and engaging film and arts programming.

Built in 1938, the Denis Theatre was a destination point for decades, first as a grand one-screen theater and, during the 1980’s, as a four screen film house. Although the Denis maintained a loyal audience and showed diverse films, the theater was closed in 2004.


The Denis Theatre Foundation purchased the building in 2010, and continues to raise funds to fully re-build the facility for a 21st century audience. The vision of returning the Denis to its rightful place as a center for film, art and community engagement has been embraced by devoted community members who envision the cultural, economic, educational and social importance of a thriving community theater and gathering place.


This past December, the Denis met a year-end donor challenge and raised $290,000 from individual donors. With 277 donors, the challenge was met and unlocked a grant of $145,000 from an anonymous donor, plus an additional grant of $25,000 from the Stern Family Foundation. This builds our construction fund and brings us close to beginning construction.


In addition to pressing forward with the capital campaign to renovate the film and arts center, the Denis is building its audience and stretching its artistic philosophy by developing and delivering free film-related programs to the community.

Tax ID: 26-1700201 •


Pittsburgh Marathon 2017

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