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A Steel City Celebration of Star Trek

on Sun, 07/17/2016 - 00:00

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.

September 9, 2016, also marks the release of Adam Nimoy’s documentary about his famous father, For the Love of Spock. The Hollywood Theater will be premiering For the Love of Spock the same night as Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, and attendees to the Steel City Celebration of Star Trek will receive $2 off the ticket price for the 10pm screening.

Believe it or not, Pittsburgh has numerous ties to the Star Trek franchise. Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Mr. Spock on the original series, made his Shakespearean debut at the Pittsburgh Public Theater in 1975, while fellow cast member William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan and George Takei attended a Star Trektacular convention at the William Penn Hotel that same year. William Shatner made numerous visits to the Steel City at the turn of the last century as research for his book I’m Working on That: A Trek From Science Fiction to Science Fact, co-written with local science author Chip Walter, while George Takei spent the summer of 2012 in the region while filming Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas.

Then there’s Zachary Quinto, the current Mr. Spock in the new slate of big screen movie adventures, a Green Tree native who attended Central Catholic High School in Oakland as well as Carnegie Mellon University before heading to Los Angeles and the planet Vulcan.

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.

Attendees at the Star Trek: Wrath of Khan screening, meanwhile, will get a special, one-night “sneak-peak” of the upcoming ToonSeum exhibit, as original artwork by some of Pittsburgh’s best graphic illustrators—created exclusively for To Boldly Go—will be on display at the Hollywood Theater.

The doors to the Hollywood Theater open at 6pm on September 9th, with music provided by DJ Zombo and members of local fangroups the USS Inferno and the Klingon Assault Group on hand to greet fans. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume, with prizes awarded to the three best cosplayers. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan is expected to begin screening at 7:30pm. Tickets are now available online for only $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Hollywood Theater and the ToonSeum.