No, Phil Kessel Didn’t Have a Single-Seat Home Theater

The former Pittsburgh Penguin did not watch movies all by his lonesome

Last Updated: July 26, 2019 @ 3:23 PM

“Phil Kessel’s Pittsburgh House is for Sale, And It Has the Loneliest Home Theater in the World,” declared a Deadspin headline Wednesday that delighted people on Twitter. It included a picture of a lone seat in front of a screen at the former home of former Pittsburgh Penguins player Phil Kessel.

The image sparked Twitter amusement at the thought of a lone hockey player coming home to the isolation of his home theater, where he watches movies all by his lonesome.

But that narrative is false, according to Dave Tumpa, the realtor who staged the home with his wife and colleague, Wendy Tumpa. In truth, Tumpa said, Kessel told him he never used the home theater.

“We just put in a single chair because we thought it would be cute,” Dave Tumpa told TheWrap on Wednesday. “And as far as the room itself goes, to give perspective to the size of the room.”

Tumpa said they knew that the image “might actually” be kind of funny, but didn’t expect the image to go viral, along with the incorrect impression that Kessel refuses to watch films at home in the presence of others.

Did anyone call Tumpa to clarify whether his client is, in fact, a solitary movie watcher?

“You’re the only reporter that called me,” Tumpa said.

You can see a 360-degree video tour of Kessel’s home on Tumpa’s company website, right here. Kessel is selling his Pittsburgh home because he’s been traded to the Arizona Coyotes.

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