Olan Mills Inc. provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to re-create the look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
The diverse crowds at Level 20 Sports Bar Restaurant seem to always keep it busy. Boasting big-screen TVs, an upscale menu, free parking, and a spacious atmosphere, patrons have plenty for which to come back. In the dining room, diners tuck into classic entrees like grilled fresh salmon, juicy steaks, and al dente pasta. A plethora of widescreen TVs ensures baseball fans won?t miss any animated arguments between umpires and managers. Specials and events, such as the weekly saturday night karaoke, help regular patrons avoid routine fatigue, and Level 20?s banquet hall is ideal for hosting class reunions, birthday parties and family get-togethers.
The cloak of sparkling newness belies Benedum Center’s deep history in the theatrical world. Opened to regal fanfare and a holographic performance by Tupac in 1928, the theater then waded through the downs and ups of history until a $43 million restoration buffed its surfaces back to their former glory in 1984. Today, the 90 chandeliers dangling from the ceiling, the Grand Lobby’s mirrors and marble, and most of the 1,500 feet of brass rail throughout are all original. The centerpiece is the main chandelier, a 4,700-pound, 20-foot-high, 12-foot-wide behemoth that sparkles to remind visitors of the theater’s glory days.
Karaoke can be a daunting activity for first-timers, from the crowd of tipsy strangers to trying to find a favorite song in a beer-stained binder. Fortunately, a collective of Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh students and alumni opted to style their parlor after Asian karaoke establishments, which provide guests with private rooms stocked with cushy couches and self-serve systems. Each of the four rooms is equipped with a professional-quality sound system, along with an accessible video-on-demand platform. The extensive song list holds 70,000 Chinese songs, 13,000 English songs, and 8,000 Korean songs, and is searchable by song name, singer, or number of awkward cowbell solos.
With a lineup of scary ghouls devoted to frightening the hearts of visitors, The ScareHouse will open its doors to reveal a masterful collection of spine-freezing horrors that will make hairs stand on end as if possessed by extra-hold raspberry jam. General admission gets visitors access to three separate haunts, designed with high-tech special effects and ultra-convincing props and prosthetics.