Reel to Real: Conversations that bring movies to life!

Just like your favorite book club, REEL to REAL provides a forum for thoughtful discussion of films in a casual, comfortable environment.

The Denis Theatre Reel to Real Conversations appeal to a wide group of film lovers while recognizing that time schedules vary.  We will include several film genres as well as various viewing and discussion formats.  Options might include seeing films together followed by dinner discussion, seeing films separately but joining for discussion on a specific date, renting films to view separately or together in someone's home and eventually in a Denis Theatre screening room.

*NOTE: Registration is required, as seating is limited to 25.  To register, or for more information, contact the Denis Theatre Foundation at


2015 REEL to REAL Conversations 

April 19, 2015: BABYFACE at The Hollywood Theater Pre-movie gathering at 5:30pm, movie at 6:30pm

On Sunday April 19, The Denis Theatre’s Reel to Real movie event moves to The Hollywood Theater on Potomac Avenue in Dormont for a big screen viewing of the 1933 film, Babyface, starring Barbara Stanwyck.

“She had it and made it pay” was the tag line for Babyface, a notorious movie that played a part in the creation of the Hollywood  Production Code. Between 1934 and 1968 the Code provided moral guidelines to be applied to movies made by the major studios.  Chad Hunter, Executive Director of The Hollywood Theater, will introduce the full uncut version of Babyface including five “lost” minutes recently restored to the film. A discussion will follow the film.

Anyone may join the free Reel To Real pre-movie gathering at 5:30, register here or call The Denis at 412.668.0737. Bring an appetizer and your beverage—wine and beer are welcome and the concession stand will be operating for the evening.

At 6:15 the doors open to everyone, with the movie set to begin at 6:45. Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

Join The Denis and The Hollywood and enjoy an evening of movie magic on April 19!

Previous Reel to Real Films:


Music documentary MUSCLE SHOALS (2013)
Critically acclaimed Danish drama, THE HUNT (2012)


Nominated for Best Foreign Film, 2011, INCENDIES (2010)
Actor/Director Sarah Polley's autobiographical documentary STORIES WE TELL (2013)
BABETTE'S FEAST Award-winning Danish film released in 1988.
WADJDA Written and directed by a female Saudi in 2012.
LOCKE Drama filmed nearly entirely of star Tom Hardy in an critically acclaimed performance. (2013)

Woody Allen's, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (2006) 
Nominated for Best Foreign Film, AFTER THE WEDDING (2006) 
Frank De Felitta's dramatic documentary, BOOKER'S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY (2012) 
Academy Award Nominee, MONSIEUR LAZHAR (2011) 
Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (2012)
Best Foreign Film Academy Award, NOWHERE IN AFRICA (2001) 
Iranian drama, A SEPARATION (2011) 
Provocative drama-thriller, TAKE SHELTER (2011) 
Thomas McCarthy's WIN WIN (2011)
George Clooney's THE IDES OF MARCH (2011)
Woody Allen's MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)
Alexander Payne's THE DESCENDANTS (2011)
Raymond De Felitta's CITY ISLAND (2009) 
Susan Bier’s IN A BETTER WORLD (2010)