Visit The Harris Theater's lower gallery for an exhibit of film posters that celebrates the fantastic history of films that actually screened in the theater during the last 85+ years. The Harris Theater first opened its doors as the Avenue Cinema in September of 1931. From the start, it specialized in showing "unusual and artistic films from other lands," a mission that stayed when it was renamed the Art Cinema in 1933. For over 30 years, the Art Cinema showcased a schedule of films that swung back forth across multiple genres. Exploitation classics like REEFER MADNESS, ASSASSIN OF YOUTH, and THE DEVIL'S SLEEP shared screen time with foreign films like TALES OF HOFFMAN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and OPEN CITY, all reaching Pittsburgh audiences for the first time in an auditorium that still shows films to this day.