On September 8, 1966, Star Trek debuted on NBC. The series struggled from a ratings standpoint from the start, but managed to remain on the air for three years and 79 episodes nonetheless. Fifty years later—as well as four additional television series and thirteen films—the Star Trek franchise is stronger than ever, encompassing millions of fans both across the nation and around the world.
That, of course, includes Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and on Friday, September 9, 2016, the Steel City will celebrate Fifty Years of Star Trek with a special screening of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. Sponsored by Geek Pittsburgh, the evening promises to be a memorable one, with members of local fangroups the USS Inferno and Klingon Assault Group in attendance, DJ Zombo, a costume contest and even a pop-up art gallery. Tickets are available online for $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Hollywood Theater and the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s premier museum of the cartoon and comic arts.
The Wrath of Khan only marks the beginning of Pittsburgh honoring the exploits of the USS Enterprise, however, as the ToonSeum will premier it’s To Boldly Go: The Graphic Art of Star Trek exhibit on October 28, 2016. Featuring original artwork from the full gambit of Star Trek comic books published by DC, Marvel and IDW that stretches back to the 1960s, To Boldly Go offers to be a unique and fitting tribute to Fifty Years of Star Trek in and of itself.