Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Dapper Dan Charities present the WORLDWIDE MOVIE PREMIERE OF THE CHIEF! Pittsburgh Public Theater's smash hit one-man stage show starring Tom Atkins as Art Rooney, the legendary owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, enjoys its worldwide theatrical premiere as a motion picture. This star-studded, red-carpet charity event includes a VIP cocktail reception, the movie premiere followed by a Q&A with Art Rooney, Jr., actor Tom Atkins and former Pittsburgh Steelers player Franco Harris, topped off with an exclusive after party. For anyone with a fondness for Pittsburgh or the Steelers, this movie is a rich, inspirational piece of Americana. For natives of the 'Burgh and die-hard Steelers fans, it is a near religious experience. To top it off, the famous "Immaculate Reception," a fluke catch in a 1972 playoff game with the Oakland Raiders which catapulted the Steelers into their dynasty years, is shown on film. You just might want to wear your black and gold jersey into the theater.
WORLDWIDE MOVIE PREMIERE OF THE CHIEF
6:00pm-7:00pm, Byham Theater: VIP RECEPTION Enjoy red-carpet arrivals by athletes and celebrities, complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, free popcorn and candy, a silent auction of Steelers memorabilia, live music and a VIP gift bag including a DVD of The Chief.
7:00pm-7:30pm, Byham Theater: TAILGATE PARTY The party continues for all guests. General ticket buyers can mingle with the stars, sample food stations and enjoy free popcorn and movie candy.
7:30pm, Byham Theater: MOVIE PREMIERE OF THE CHIEF Cigar in hand, acclaimed actor Tom Atkins recreates the persona of Art Rooney, the guiding force behind the Pittsburgh Steelers. See and hear his personal tales of faith, family and football in this adaptation to the screen of the stage play The Chief, that ran for seven sold-out seasons at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Following the screening, Larry Richert hosts a Q&A with Art Rooney, Jr., actor Tom Atkins and former Pittsburgh Steelers player Franco Harris.
9:30pm, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel: VIP POST-GAME PARTY Exclusive after-party for VIPs in the hotel's stunning lobby includes a sampling of sumptuous full-sized and bite-sized desserts along with coffee and a martini bar featuring specialty Steelers cocktails from Pinnacle Vodka.
VIP TICKET + PREMIERE PACKAGE: $125 each Includes VIP Reception/Gift + Tailgate Party + Movie Premiere/Q&A + VIP Post-Game Party
GENERAL TICKET + PREMIERE PACKAGE: $50 each Includes Tailgate Party + Movie Premiere/Q&A
Proceeds benefit Dapper Dan Charities to fund the youth sports programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.