Film Shot at Westminster College will Play at Hermitage Theater

HERMITAGE, Pa. – “The Pale Blue Eye,” the movie that was partially shot on the campus of Westminster College late last year, will premiere Dec. 23 at Shenango Valley Cinemas in Hermitage, Pa., and select theaters nationwide before moving to Netflix on Jan. 6.

Frank Moses, owner of the New Castle, Pa.-based Golden Star Theaters chain, confirmed the movie’s booking at Shenango Valley.

The gothic crime thriller starring Christian Bale, Robert Duvall and Gillian Anderson, is set in the late 1830. Several buildings at Westminster stand in for the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in the film.

This photo, taken from the official trailer for the Netflix film “The Pale Blue Eye,” shows Old Main at Westminster College.

Bale plays a detective investigating a gruesome murder in which the victim’s heart was removed. Stymied by the Army code of silence, the detective turns to an eccentric young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe to assist him.

Harry Melling plays the young Poe, who would go on to become a master of macabre horror fiction.

“The Pale Blue Eye” is directed by Scott Cooper and based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Louis Bayard.

The center quad on the Westminster campus — surrounded by Old Main, Browne and Ferguson halls and the McGill Library — was the focus of the filmmakers. Modern-era features on the quad were removed or disguised for the filming. Some students and residents were used as extras in the Westminster scenes.

The R-rated film was also shot in other western Pennsylvania locales, including McConnells Mill State Park and Pittsburgh.

To view the official trailer for the film, click here.

Pictured at top: Cannons are lined up on the Quad at Westminster College during filming of “The Pale Blue Eye” in December 2021. The college’s McGill Library is in the background. (Photo courtesy of Westminster College)

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