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Hollywood is forcing theaters like The Historic to go digital. Help us make that improvement so we can stay open.

Will The Historic go digital or...?

Historic Everett in its original building.
Historic Everett in its original building.

Please Note:  It "appears" we will not raise the $100,000 for our Kickstarter Campaign.  If you have come across this campaign and want to donate, please feel free to send a check to:

The Historic Everett Theatre - 2911 Colby Ave, Everett, WA 98201 - Your donation is tax deductible and we will honor the incentive if that is your wish.  Thank you for your support and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

Greetings!  My name is Matthew Terry and I am the film coordinator and a board member for The Historic Everett Theatre.

In 2010 The Historic Everett Theatre decided to supplement their income by showing feature films again on a regular basis.  This supplemental income has helped the theatre keep its doors open during tough times.  If this income disappears, we are unsure if we’ll be able to keep the theatre doors open in the near future.

In September 2012, we were informed that 20th Century Fox will no longer allow us to show films unless we upgrade to a full digital system.  “Rocky Horror Picture Show” has been a big success for this theatre but, sadly, we are no longer able to show it.  Soon, all the studios (looking to reduce their distribution costs) will demand that theatres upgrade to this new system.  Every movie theater in the country will either have converted their film projection systems to the new digital format or they will be out of business with no movies to show.

For more information on how this is impacting theaters, see this article here

As it says in the article:  “According to recent industry statements, the major Hollywood studios are planning to complete the switch to digital by ceasing to release 35-millimeter film altogether.”

The message from the movie companies to theaters like ours is clear:  "If you want to show movies - go digital or go dark."

Hollywood’s edict means the 110-year old Historic Everett Theater must upgrade its audio and visual equipment at a cost of at least $100,000.  This cost will close many a small theatre – that is why we’re asking the community to help fund the upgrade through Kickstarter.

Again, as a way supplement the income from other shows and concerts – film showings have been able to give life to this theater and, literally, kept the doors open.  If we lose the ability to show films – those doors may have to close.

70 to 80 year-old Peerless Arclight Projector
70 to 80 year-old Peerless Arclight Projector

Digital is the future and the future is here

Just as “talkies” represented positive change for movie audiences of the 1920s, the switch to a digital presentation is good news for today’s movie lovers. The digital picture and sound will be OUTSTANDING!  The Historic may even have the ability to show first run films, not just classics like “Gone with the Wind” or “Wizard of Oz.”

We have been able to show some films on blu-ray but Hollywood is even stopping us from doing that!  Going fully digital will allow us many more options when it comes to showing films and create a revenue stream that will make sure that future generations can continue to enjoy this unique movie going experience!

What does The Historic need to “go digital?”

  • Digital Cinema Media Server
  • Digital Surround Sound System. 
  • A backup system to keep the server online in case of power failure. 
  • Upgrades to the projection booth
  • The base for the projection system and server. 
  • Backup spare parts - can't afford a second projector for backup like we now have, so we need to keep a few spare parts on hand.
  • Fees to cover the cost of delivery, installation and alignment of this new equipment.
  • Secured area to keep the equipment safe.
  • Cooling system for the server so it does not overheat.
  • Upgrade to high-speed/FIOS internet system.

The Historic Everett Theatre

If you’ve never been to The Historic Everett Theatre - it is the oldest operating theatre west of the Mississippi.

Over 110 years old, you can read about the history here:  http://www.everetttheatre.org/content/history

Among the highlights:

  • The theatre was built in 1901 and some of the performers who have graced its stage were Mary Pickford, Al Jolson, Lon Chaney, Sr. and Nat “King” Cole
  • After a fire which destroyed the three level seating inside, it was rebuilt with a main floor and one balcony.
  • In the 1960’s and 1970’s the theatre was converted to two movie theatres – one in the balcony and one on the main floor.
  • The theatre returned to its main roots of stage plays, concerts and other events.  Most recently the theatre had a showing of the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life” with actress Karolyn “Zuzu” Grimes in attendance.
  • The theatre continues to do stage plays/musicals/concerts....though one theater company had to cancel two productions – costing the theatre thousands of dollars in potential income.
  • The theatre has worked hand-in-hand with the community doing charity fund-raisers for those in need.
  • The theatre has a pipe organ that was used to accompany silent films back in the 1920’s.  The pipe organ still works and has been used for recent showings of silent films.
  • Classic in its look and feel, the theatre has recently been used as a location in two low/micro budget fictional feature films entitled “The Historic” – a comedy about a struggling theatre and “Ghostlight” a horror film about ghosts in the theatre.  It has also been used in music videos.
  • The theatre has, at least, three known ghosts.  Al, the Lady in the White Dress and a boy.  Ghost hunters have spent nights in the theatre looking for these ghosts.

The Historic Everett Theatre is a true community theater – showcasing local talent, bands, charity functions, churches and graduations.

We continue serving the community today by charging low admission prices ($5 to $10) and by make the movie going experience more affordable for everyone, especially families.

The theatre has won some “Best of Washington” awards as a great venue.  At 800 seats it is large enough for big events but small enough to provide a sense of intimacy with what is going on on the stage.

Please Save The Historic

Though we continue to have concerts and shows we have watched attendance drop and theater companies that used to put on shows go out of business or cut WAY back.  It has now become more important than ever to continue to keep showing films.  The income from showing films has enabled us to keep the doors open - but the expenses continue to rise; mortgage, utility and supply bills, employee expenses, cleaning staff and, of course, taxes.

Add to that the maintenance required for an 110 year-old historic structure...

The Historic can be saved, but only with your support.

Kickstarter to the rescue!

We were pleased to find out about Kickstarter and the opportunity it presents to help us raise the necessary funding from donors to help us convert to the new digital standard looming over us.

This Kickstarter project can be the answer to our prayers!  Everyone involved will benefit from this digital conversion.  It will allow The Historic to carry on for many more years of service to the community and it will provide current and future generations with an even greater movie-going experience.

Our patrons will be treated to images and sounds greater than they've ever seen before at The Historic.

To our donors, enjoy your rewards!  We've tried to make them a great value for your donation bracket.

Keep in mind that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding opportunity. If we don't reach our goal, the pledged funds disappear and we have nothing. On the other hand, if we should be fortunate enough to exceed our goal, those additional funds will be used for other modifications that The Historic so badly needs.

Also, PLEASE, keep in mind that The Historic is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization – so whatever you donate is tax deductible.

We hope to see you all soon - and if you're not from the area, we hope one day you get the opportunity to visit us!

Thank you for your support - the future of The Historic, a theatre with a great and historic past, is in your hands.

Time Frame:  November 19th to January 19th

Links:

Historic Everett Theatre’s website is here

Article about a recent fundraiser can be found here

Story about Lon Chaney, Sr. performing at The Historic can be read here

Article about the Mockmentary film “The Historic” is here

Trailer for the film “The Historic” can be viewed here

We auctioned off a 22 year-old Twinkie (still in package) to raise funds and raised $74!  Go here for more information:  http://22yearoldtwinkie.com/

Please help us get the word out.  Cut and paste the link to this campaign and e-mail friends and family or use social networking.  The more people who see this - the better the chance we'll make our goal.  Thank you.

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE INCENTIVES:

PLEASE NOTE:  If you want to donate anonymously, you’re more than welcome to do so.  If you do not want your incentive gift and want to donate it – please inform us as to who you may want to donate to, whether it’s a charitable organization or company.  If you have ANY questions about this campaign or the incentives – please e-mail me at Gonzo82@aol.com

Anyone who donates will have their named placed on our donor page of our website, unless otherwise specified.

Note:  Any pledge over $100 includes a copy of the film “The Historic” on DVD and an invitation to a special evening event at the theatre which would include a tour of the theatre and a special film showing/party.

SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS!

·  Pledge $150 or more

You’re a STAR Award:  Everything for Bronze Reel plus your name (or a name of your choosing, or your company's name) etched onto a star and placed on the underside of the awning out in front of the theatre.

A star with your name goes here.
A star with your name goes here.

Estimated delivery: July 2013

 ·  Pledge $300 or more

Silver Reel Reward: Everything for the Bronze Reel Reward – plus TWO - one-year free admission passes including one free large popcorn and large drink combo for each pass per visit – to ANY show - plus the donor's name on a donor plaque in the lobby with price bracket noted.

Estimated delivery: July 2013

·  Pledge $500 or more

Golden Reel Reward: TWO - two-year free admission passes to ANY show including one free large popcorn and large drink combo for each pass per visit plus your name (or a name of your choosing, or your company's name) etched into a gold engraved plate that goes on the arm of the seat.

Your name goes here on the arm rest.
Your name goes here on the arm rest.

Estimated delivery: July 2013

·  Pledge $500 or more

Business/Group Package: 20 free admission movie passes including one free large popcorn and drink combo for each pass - plus company/group name on a donor plaque in the lobby with price bracket noted - plus 30 seconds of pre-movie screen time with your company or group’s logo, name and address information mentioned as a company/group donor - for 1 full year!

Estimated delivery: August 2013

·  Pledge $1,000 or more

Platinum Reel Reward: You will be immortalized in Historic history - your 5”x7” framed photograph with your name labeled will be displayed with price bracket noted and the donor's name will be listed on The Historic website on a special DONORS PAGE, plus 10 - one year free admission movie passes including one free large popcorn and large drink combo for each pass per visit.

Estimated delivery: August 2013

 OR...

 ·  Pledge $1,000 or more

The Historic is YOURS for the night: Want to show off your Guatemala travel slides in an 800 seat theatre?  Want to show your friends how great your ABBA cover band is?  Is there a movie you want to see on the big screen that you haven’t seen FOREVER (and is available)?  Does your company want to do a special event?  Want to spend the night in a haunted theatre?  Plan on getting married?  Need a reception hall?   Rent the theatre for a weekday evening.  If it’s truly a special event that you need for a weekend – contact us and we’ll see what we can arrange.

OR...

Is there a charitable organization you want to throw a party for?  Pledge $1,000 and donate the theatre for the evening to that organization.  We’ll work with them to set up a special film showing or event. 

Estimated delivery: August 2013

·  Pledge $1,500 or more

Titanium Reel Reward: You will be immortalized in Historic history - your 8”x10” framed photograph with your name labeled will be displayed with price bracket noted, plus 20 - one year free admission movie passes including one free large popcorn and drink combo for each pass per visit.  PLUS your name, or someone’s name on both a STAR and a SEAT (or two stars and two seats).

Estimated delivery: August 2013

·  Pledge $2,000 or more

Diamond Studded Reel Reward: You will be immortalized in Historic history - your 8”x10” framed photograph with your name labeled will be displayed with price bracket noted, plus 20 - one year free admission movie passes including one free large popcorn and large drink combo for each pass per visit.  Plus you can use the theatre for a weekday evening as you wish based on availability (within reason).

Or:

Need an advertisement for your company?  I will make a 30 second commercial for your company that we will show before select movies/shows.  I will write/shoot and edit the commercial for you.

Estimated delivery: August 2013

·  Pledge $5,000 or more

LIFETIME GOLDEN TICKET:  For this amazing pledge we will give you a LIFETIME TICKET to any and every show that The Historic presents.  Musicals, concerts, stage plays, movies – you name it!  This golden ticket can be passed on to your children and grandchildren so they can participate in this theatre for the rest of their lives.  This also includes either TWO stars or TWO seats with your name (or a name of your choosing) etched in them and put on display.  Plus you will be immortalized in Historic history - your 8”x10” framed photograph with your name labeled will be displayed with price bracket noted.

Estimated delivery: August 2013

·  Pledge $10,000 or more

TWO LIFETIME GOLDEN TICKETS:  For this amazing pledge we will give you TWO LIFETIME TICKETS to any and every show that The Historic presents.  Musicals, concerts, stage plays, movies – you name it!  This golden ticket can be passed on to your children and grandchildren so they can participate in this theatre for the rest of their lives.  This also includes either TWO stars or TWO seats with your name (or a name of your choosing) etched in them and put on display.  Plus you will be immortalized in Historic history - your 8”x10” framed photograph with your name labeled will be displayed with price bracket noted.

Estimated delivery:  August 2013

Thank you again!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Once funded, we plan on starting right away on retro-fitting the projection booth to accommodate the new digital projection system. This may mean removing the old arclight projectors and creating a safe haven for the new server.

Mike Olson, the technical director of the theatre, has vast experience working on projects and will spearhead a crew, mostly made up of volunteers, to get this system up to code and running as quickly as possible.

It may take a while to figure out the ins-and-outs of the studio system as it pertains to the fully digitizing the process but I’ve been in contact with other successful digital theater upgrade Kickstarter campaigns and will learn through their mistakes and triumphs so that this process goes as smoothly as possible.

Our hope is to be fully digital by May of 2013 – if not before. Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at: Gonzo82@aol.com

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