Hi Noble Backers:
Many of you are excited about the start of the Summer film season, unofficially kicking off this Friday with Iron Man 3, the Robert Downey Jr. action film for the thinking filmgoer, currently sporting a 90% positive rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
This might be a great time to use the admission passes you may have earned when you generously contributed to our Kickstarter campaign. Or you might want to use them for The Great Gatsby which opens on May 10 or Star Trek: Into the Darkness, opening on May 17.
If you come to CinemaSalem this Saturday, don't bother bringing your Free Large Soda coupons, since we're exclusively offering our Kickstarter Backers free fountain drinks all day. If you have a Backer keycard, just present it at the counter for your free drink. If you're with a group of people, show your keycard and you can get a free fountain drink for each person for whom you purchase admission.
Thanks again for supporting CinemaSalem!
Hi Noble Backers:
The recent update posted before it was supposed to! It was scheduled to go out tomorrow morning, and the free The Lords of Salem screening is tomorrow night, Wednesday, April 17, at 9 pm.
As I write, about 300 of the 520 available seats have been reserved, so to ensure seating, feel free to stop by the CS box office tomorrow (Wednesday) after 4 pm to pick up your free ticket stub(s).
Sorry about the timing mixup.
Hi Noble CinemaSalem Backers:
I had a great meeting today with some friends from Newburyport who are thinking about launching a Kickstarter campaign to convert their beautiful small theater to digital, and it brought back a lot of fond memories of our wonder-filled December campaign. At this particular moment around Boston, it's encouraging to remember the comforts of community and the power it has to keep us moving forward.
So if you hear about another movie theater that wants to convert in the next few months, spread the word to your friends.
Our Kickstarter journey is fresh in my mind also because I've been compiling a list of all the people who made contributions. Shortly we'll post this list on our website, onscreen, and in the lobby. The onscreen version looks like it's going to be awesome, since we're planning to float the list of names over awesome 4K footage that will remind everyone what a great thing you did by helping us convert!
There's a draft backer roster on our website you can preview here. Please let me know if you spot a typo!
1000+ names is a pretty large number when you think of it in the abstract, and even more impressive when you look at them and think about the decision that each represents to support CinemaSalem. We won't ever take that lightly, and we have another free Backer event coming up this weekend.
This Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, we'll be presenting special 10 am screenings of the hilarious and heartwarming family film, Kung Fu Panda. The screenings are absolutely free for our Kickstarter backers (just show us your backer keycard or some other proof of backerhood).
You Kickstarter backers can look forward to another treat in a couple weeks, when Iron Man 3 opens. On Saturday, May 4, backers can enjoy free fountain drinks all day. More on that later.
Speaking of community, we've got one more cool free event to talk about! When Rob Zombie came to Salem last year to film The Lords of Salem, he had a great time and appreciated the support of the city. This weekend, he got in touch with Kereth to offer the people of Salem (and environs) a free screening of this great new horror film tonight at 9 pm. The film doesn't open nationally until Friday, so this is an awesome opportunity!
Here are some critical raves for Rob's film. Slant Magazine: "Rob Zombie understands horror as an aural-visual experience that should gnaw at the nerves, seep into the subconscious, and beget unshakeable nightmares." Playlist: "Lords is also probably [Zombie's] most ambitious film, and maybe even his most accomplished, as it's his most unnerving." Time Out New York: "This may be terrifying news to Rob Zombie fans, but after years mining the 1970s for gunky shock moments, the musician-turned-filmmaker has emerged as an unusually sensitive director of actors."
There has been a tremendous amount of interest in this film, so to make sure we have plenty of room for this free show, we're asking people to pick up free ticket stubs at the box office in advance of the show tonight at 9 pm. The box office opens at 4 pm today.
This isn't actually a Backer-only event, but we wanted to make sure you supporters are aware of this rare and fun event, in hopes you can join us.
Finally, we've delivered about 98% of our Kickstarter rewards, but we're still waiting on mugs and t-shirts -- and the lobby display. We'll have updates on each of those shortly.
As always, thanks!
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Dec 4, 2012 - Jan 14, 2013
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You will be thanked by name on our website and on the big screen as a CinemaSalem backer! In fact, we'll thank you right now for your personal awesomeness: "Thank you for your personal awesomeness!"Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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All of the above + You will receive one free large popcorn.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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All of the above + You've earned an additional free large popcorn (two total), plus one second (24 frames) of actual 35mm film as a reminder of the magic of the movies.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $50 or more
Wow, thanks for even considering a donation of this size. All of the above + Two free movie admission passes and two free large drinks.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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Step Up Reward! About one-quarter of our supporters have pledged at the $50 level, and we'd like to offer a tempting opportunity to step up with an additional $25. Your reward will be all the $50 rewards plus one free single admission pass to the Salem Film Fest, plus an additional free large popcorn and large fountain beverage. (Note: these special "Step Up" rewards are not included in larger pledge "All of the above" rewards.) Enjoy one of the world's best documentary films with a delicious popcorn and beverage! So step up today!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $100 or more
This is serious money! All of the above + Two free single admission passes to the world's best all-documentary film festivals, the Salem Film Fest (March 7-14, 2012). In addition, the name of every backer who contributes $100 or more will be honored on a plaque mounted permanently in our lobby.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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Step Up Reward! Another one-quarter of our supporters have pledged at the $100 level, and we'd like to offer a tempting opportunity to step up with an additional $25. Your reward will be all the $100 rewards plus two additional free single admission passes to the Salem Film Fest. (Note: these special "Step Up" rewards are not included in larger pledge "All of the above" rewards.) The Salem Film Fest features the world's best documentary films! So step up today!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $150 or more
Thanks for considering this big gift! All of the above + Two free deluxe Salem Film Fest collectible coffee mugs, as well as two free single admission passes to this, the world's best all-documentary film festival, the Salem Film Fest.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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Thank you for considering this level contribution, Mr. Trump. All of the above + Two luxuriant CinemaSalem T-shirts AND the free CinemaSalem individual passes and free large drink and large popcorn have DOUBLED to four of each!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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Thank you for perusing our Kickstarter page, Mr. Gates. The rewards that you and Melinda will share at this level are all of the above + The number of free CinemaSalem admission passes, popcorn, and fountain soda has jumped to six!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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All of the above + The number of individual passes to CinemaSalem movies has increased to 10! As have the number of large popcorns and fountain sodas. You can now come to the movies with nine of your friends, and they'll be really grateful, like us.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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All of the above + A free three-hour private movie screening in our 20-seat Screening Room, or our 35-person capacity CinemaSalem Café. (Don't forget the permanent plaque recognition for donors of $100 or more!)Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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Mark Cuban has requested a reward level which would be of interest to entrepreneurs and innovative marketers, so this contribution earns you a free 10-second screen ad in our popular pre-movie show, promoting your company or organization for three months (slides are shown before every single movie shown at CinemaSalem).Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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Mark Cuban wants to know whether, if he gave $900, could he get his screen ad in the pre-movie show for six months. The answer is yes, and the offer is open to everyone, not just billionaires.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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Thank you for considering this generous level of donation, Tony Stark, and we're pleased to tell you that $1000 will earn you two CinemaSalem "Share Passes" good for half-price admission to unlimited movies at the theater for six months, plus free popcorn and fountain drinks each time you see a movie. You also receive two T-shirts, 24 frames of actual 35mm film, and our undying gratitude, expressed by placing your name on our website and onscreen and on the lobby plaque.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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If you love to throw parties, Martha Stewart, you'll enjoy the free weeknight (Sunday-Thursday) private CinemaSalem Blu-ray Party at which you can host up to 150 of your friends in one of our big theaters, including unlimited free popcorn and fountain drinks for everyone! You pick the blu-ray you'd like to show. The event starts at 7:30 in the CinemaSalem Café with free specialty coffee drinks (or you can bring your own beverages to serve). At 8:30 the action switches to one of our big auditoriums where you enjoy the big screen fun. Your event can be scheduled anytime in 2013.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
Pledge $5,000 or more
Wow, who'd have thought that Mr. Buffett and Ms. Winfrey would have joined forces to contemplate this size contribution! At this awesome level, you earn two CinemaSalem "Full-Share Passes" good for unlimited completely free CinemaSalem movie admission (with free popcorn and fountain drinks) for you and an individual of your choosing, for an entire year. You also get two CinemaSalem T-shirts, four Salem Film Fest mugs, and an entire movie on 35mm film (several to choose from)!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $10,000 or more
Congratulations on your recent Powerball win! For $10,000 you get double everything at the $5,000 level: four "Full-Share Passes" for free admissions, popcorn, and soda for a full year, four T-shirts, eight Salem Film Fest mugs, and two entire movies on 35 mm film!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only