The Lindsay Theater is a 501 (c)3 Pennsylvania nonprofit. Because the Theater operates to benefit  the community, net revenues are not corporate profits but reinvested into the facility and its programming. Tickets and concessions alone do not cover all operational and outreach expenses so the Theater asks the community for its support and donations.

The Lindsay Theater is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. The Theater fulfills this mission by:

  • Offering an intentional wide range of films and genres—new releases, classics, documentaries, educational and foreign films, plus art, music, opera and stage plays on screen.
  • Attracting thousands of patrons each month and hundreds more for events and free cultural performances from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties; West Virginia, Ohio and beyond.
  • Enabling hundreds of children from nearby underserved communities to attend screenings—many of them entering a cinema for the first time in their lives—by providing transportation, tickets and a full cinematic experience at no cost.
  • Pioneering sensory friendly screenings in the region northwest of Pittsburgh, opening new options to families, children and individuals impacted by autism and other special needs.
  • Launching free events designed for senior citizens, incorporating a film screening, live music and a panel discussion and Q&A session with experienced experts around relevant topics.

As a still-young nonprofit, The Lindsay Theater will continue to expand the ways in which it fulfills its mission.

The Lindsay Theater provides an 11,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility:

  • Two fully accessible screening rooms, the Huntington Bank Screening Room for 69 patrons and the Large Screening Room accommodating 169 patrons, with naming rights available. These facilities with superior acoustics and 4K projection enhance enjoyment for patrons. (By the way, personalized nameplates remain available)
  • The flexible event/performance space of the 2,044-square-foot Esmark and Bouchard Family Community Room, which can accommodate up to 200 people for small-scale performances, educational outreach, fundraisers, corporate and community meetings, and other special events. A catering kitchen.
  • A spacious and sleek lobby including a one-stop customer service center for tickets and concessions.

The Lindsay Theater offers a wide spectrum of choices appealing to different audiences:

  • New releases
  • Independent films and documentaries
  • Classic Tuesdays
  • Educational programming; content and visual literacy and analysis sensory training for school children
  • First- and second-run films
  • Film/curtain talks
  • Regional premieres featuring prominent up-and-coming filmmakers
  • Student, regional, national and international film festivals

Partnerships with school districts, universities and other nonprofits enrich these offerings and reach even broader audiences.

A film-driven organization, The Lindsay Theater expands accessibility and inclusivity of cinematic and other arts with options such as:

  • Cultural programming, such as theatrical performances and free live music and dance demonstrations that build community spirit and are open to the public
  • Emerging Filmmakers Showcase, with events free to both filmmakers and the public
    Programs customized for over 200 schools, organizations and nonprofits
  • Sensory friendly screenings and other events that enable families impacted by autism and special needs to enjoy time together in an adaptive environment
  • Open Caption screenings every Wednesday
  • Free youth career readiness programming leveraging the arts as a platform for STEM career awareness (Cinema Maker Sessions, CiMS)
  • Film festivals, including the highly acclaimed Three Rivers Film Festival
  • Free transportation, tickets and concessions that erase geographic and economic barriers for children from low-wealth communities
  • Free events tailored to senior citizens, incorporating a film screening, live music, a panel discussion and Q&A session with experienced experts

Through the Theater’s outreach programming, developed in collaboration with other nonprofits and service organizations, hundreds of youth from nearby communities have entered the cinema, many of them for the first time.

Because many communities lack accessibility to public transportation, free tickets often are not enough to fulfill an outreach program. The Theater’s outreach programming provides a full cinematic experience: transportation, tickets, popcorn and a drink.

Through this program, the positive power of the arts is extended to children who otherwise would not have exposure to cinema—a jarring thought for those who consider film a cultural mass medium, a focal point for current cultural conversations, and an avenue enabling viewers to make sense of the world and their place within it.

Because of the vast numbers of senior citizens living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties, the Theater launched similar outreach programming for senior citizens to promote mental stimulation, increase opportunities to breakdown social isolation and provide occasions to connect seniors with critical information on health topics that also could impact their quality of life.

The Lindsay Theater is interested in collaborating with organizations whose members would benefit from participating in a cinematic experience.

The Theater also works with donors who may have interest in benefiting particular groups or populations, whether for one screening or as a long-term sponsor.

Those interested in becoming outreach partners may contact Ross Nugent, Director of Education and Special Programs.


Information about programming can be found:

  • On our website, www.thelindsaytheater.org,  which is updated daily.
  • On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Through our Weekly Update, emailed to subscribers every Tuesday; archives also are available on our website, under the About tab. To subscribe, sign up on the computer at the Theater’s concession area or online.
  • On a recorded phone line, which is updated every Tuesday, 412.259.8542. This includes the new pictures, which typically open on Fridays.

Patrons at The Lindsay Theater have two options for booking:

  • Purchase at the box office, at show time or in advance, with any major credit or debit card or a gift card from The Lindsay Theater.
  • Buy in advance online with Master or Visa cards or a gift card from The Lindsay Theater on our Ticketing page. Just click the film and show time you want, the number of general admission tickets or discounted seniors 65+/college students/children 10 or younger tickets. Click the plus or minus sign to get to the correct number of tickets. If you get stuck, hit “tab” not “enter.”

You will be taken to a Payment Express page to complete your purchase with a Master or Visa card.

Enter your Master or Visa credit or debit card information, plus your name, phone number and email. The Theater does not store or share this information.

Each ticket purchased online has a $1 booking fee added to the price. You also may opt to add a donation to the Theater. When the transaction is complete, a confirmation code will be sent to your mobile device. Simply share the code or your name with the ticket taker.

Your ticket to see a film or event with us come with your agreement to follow our policies—which helps us to ensure that all patrons have a great theater experience!

As a nonprofit, The Lindsay Theater shares its search for funding with other nonprofits of all sizes that seek contributions from donors who believe in and support the cause. Revenues from tickets and concessions are not enough to cover programming costs, so the Theater will always rely on your patronage and financial support to sustain its programming. YOU are the reason the show goes on!

A registered 501 (c)(3) organization, The Lindsay Theater is eligible for and actively seeks grant funding. By obtaining ZIP Codes of its patrons, the Theater is able to share the geographic reach of its audience with potential funders.

The Lindsay Theater is happy to refund tickets more than 24 hours in advance of the film’s show time.

If you need to change the time or title on a ticket, team members are happy to provide a “swap” if seats are still available. In instances where seats are no longer available, the Theater will provide a refund.

Yes, gift cards can be purchased at the box office and online. They can be used for both tickets and concessions and never expire.

Gift cards from other cinemas and ticketing services cannot be accepted because this nonprofit is an independent cinema.

The Coming Soon section is a list of potential new releases to be screened. Some of them may not be made available to the Theater. Because the film industry is so fluid, this is the best option for sharing what may be headed to the Theater.

The Lindsay Theater’s JBL 7.1 Surround Sound and 4K projectors provide pictures and sound so crisp and clear that some patrons have told us they don’t need assistive listening devices or Closed Captioning. Other patrons, though, find these free assistive technologies very helpful.

Assistive listening devices are headsets that amplify sound for individuals with hearing loss or, in cases when films provide Audio Description, relate the action taking place on the screen, aiding individuals with low vision.

Closed Captioning devices are personal screens that fit into the theater seat’s cup holder and provide typed, low-contrast dialogue to enhance the cinematic experience. With the individualized size of the devices, they do not block any patrons’ view of the screen.

The Theater also dedicates every Wednesday as Open Caption Wednesday. For more information, click here.

Yes! The Theater welcomes young patrons and is happy to provide booster seats upon request at concessions..

Traditional concessions are available at the Theater: popcorn, popped in coconut oil and topped with real butter; boxes of candy, gourmet chocolates, Icees, fountain drinks, bottled water, bottled tea and Mexican Cokes made with pure cane sugar. Find our full list of concessions here.

Please don’t. Sales from concessions help to support this Theater.

The Theater now offers the option for patrons to BYOB. Click here for the policy and guidelines.

More on parking and directions to the Theater can be found here.


The Lindsay Theater wants to share its support with the many different communities that support the Theater, but it has a very limited marketing budget and receives an overwhelming number of requests across the multi-county regions. We simply cannot fulfill every one of these calls to support worthwhile causes. The staff reviews every request received and urges you to have no hesitation in submitting your request to hello@thelindsaytheater.org at least two weeks in advance of your event.

The Theater appreciates the support of all of its patrons who choose to watch films with us! Patrons who give when buying tickets, whether its 25 cents or $25, help the Theater demonstrate patron support to possible grant and corporate funders.  

Other ways to support the Theater include:

  • Giving rave reviews on Yelp, Google and Facebook
  • Designating The Lindsay Theater as your charity of choice when purchasing items through Amazon Smile
  • Clicking the “Donate” button on our website to give through credit or debit cards or writing a check for an annual gift
  • Asking your employee, credit union or fraternal organization if they will match your donation
  • Purchasing an inscribed nameplate in honor of family or loved ones, or as a gift for the person who has everything
  • Remembering the Theater in your will or with insurance policies
  • Becoming part of the Sustaining Circle, a group of 100+ donors committing major support to the Theater for multiple years.

Currently, the Theater does not accept on-screen advertising. Our patrons have been very vocal about how they appreciate heading straight into previews and the film, and our current Board of Directors supports this.


As a nonprofit, independent cinema, The Lindsay Theater does not have owners; instead, the Theater is a regional asset governed by a volunteer, unpaid Board of Directors and administered by an Chief Executive Officer who leads the team members.

Between 2011, when the idea of a cinema was floated, and the opening of the Theater in February 2017, Sewickley Borough and hundreds of families supported the Theater. The Tull Family Foundation sponsored the initial naming rights for the facility, now known as The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center, reflecting the 2023 sponsorship of The Corry Family Foundation. As a 501(3)(c) Pennsylvania nonprofit, the Theater has no owners. Besides its operating revenues, the Theater counts on financial support from the public—patrons, government, corporations, and foundations—to sustain this initiative for community vitality and expanded cultural options in the region. More on the organization’s history can be found here.

Some of the Theater’s most generous supporters are listed in the lobby on the Founding Wall of Fame. Other Theater contributors have opted to purchase an inscribed nameplate on the Theater seats to honor their family or memorialize a loved one. You can learn more about multi-year initiative, the Sustaining Circle, online or at the Theater.

Huntington Bank has sponsored naming rights for the 69-seat screening room. Similarly, Esmark and the Bouchard Family have sponsored the naming rights for the event performance space. Naming opportunities remain available at the Theater.

The Theater has a long-term lease agreement with Sewickley Borough. This lease involves only the Theater building and adjacent sidewalk. All of the other property, including the entranceway and the green space, is under the management of Sewickley Borough, so questions about using this space should be directed to borough offices.