The Waterworks Cinemas, where comfort and free popcorn get me to leave my living room

Originally published November 13th, 2017.

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The Waterworks Cinemas
930 Freeport Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 - Location

I have been going to the Waterworks Cinemas for a long time. As a child, this was my theater for any new movie. I saw Star Wars Episode I, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Finding Nemo, Elf, Pokemon 2000, and many other beloved childhood films in this theater. 

I even saw Titanic on the big screen at the Waterworks Cinemas... does that date me?

The theater has been family owned since they opened in 1991. For many years, it was the premier theater for movie-goers north of the Allegheny River.


I don't want anyone to think I'm bringing up some random, suburban movie theater. For anyone in a neighborhood bordering the Allegheny River, the Waterworks Cinemas is by far your closest theater. Folks in Lawrenceville, Highland Park, East Liberty, and The Strip? This is where you should be going!

The Waterworks offers $6.25 tickets every Monday for their "Mighty Movie Monday" deal. And that's not even the best part. Keep reading....

In the age of 3D movies (Which suck, by the way. Do people still seek out that garbage?) the Waterworks Cinemas did close down for a few years, but opened again rather quickly.

While other theaters were investing in flashy stuff (ie: XD film and vibrating seats), the Waterworks stayed consistent and nostalgic. Until very recently, the theater looked exactly the way it did when I came in to see Finding Nemo.

This year, the Waterworks Cinemas underwent a massive makeover.... but it's actually something you want (not smell-o-vision, or the other crap you see these days). 



I swear these chairs are better than your sofa at home. The first time I saw movie there, I made an oath to never see a movie anywhere else.  I've stuck to my word! Other theaters pale in comparison to these chairs. 

A theater's biggest competition these days is not other movie theaters, but a customer's own living room. In the age of streaming, it is very difficult to get people to leave their homes. This is where the Waterworks has stepped up their game. 

"We are a smaller size, but we want a quality experience," says Liz Harper of The Waterworks Cinemas and MovieScoop. "We don't need a huge packed theatre. We want our customers to feel comfortable and welcome at home and their neighborhood luxury theatre."


The same family has run the theater from the start, and they are always seeking inspiration from other theaters around the world.

"Whenever we travel, we always checkout the movie theatres," says Harper. "We like to see what other people are doing around the world. Our parents, John and Caddy Harper, saw these seats and were like, 'These are the seats.' They are top of the line. You can really stretch out and lean back."

You need to see it to believe it. Checkout this classic, family-owned theater next time you're thinking of seeing a movie!

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