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Our cinema seats are 21 years old, and it's time for them to go. Help us fund new, luxurious high-back recliners for our cinemas.
Our cinema seats are 21 years old, and it's time for them to go. Help us fund new, luxurious high-back recliners for our cinemas.
Our cinema seats are 21 years old, and it's time for them to go. Help us fund new, luxurious high-back recliners for our cinemas.
611 backers pledged $61,805 to help bring this project to life.

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New seats for the Carolina Theatre Cinemas

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The Carolina Theatre's two cinemas opened in 1993, as an addition to the historic Carolina Theatre during its major five-year renovation. The two new movie theaters were the first stadium cinemas in Durham.

Our current seats have been in use for 21 years. While they've held up well, they're nowhere near the current standard for comfort. They have low backs, and the small cupholders in the wooden armrests don't accommodate our large beverages. 

Our dedicated Carolina Theatre film fans deserve better. The City upgraded the sound in 2011, and we completed our digital conversion in 2013. The seats were the last remaining component of the moviegoing experience left to address. That's why when we negotiated our new management agreement with the City of Durham last year, we made the commitment to replace the cinema seats at our expense.  

That's not insignificant for our non-profit. The total project will cost us roughly $60,000, money that can't be used for events or other program costs if we use it to fund seats. So we're hoping that the Carolina Theatre's many fans will help us with some additional support. We've set a goal of $25,000 for the project, a little less than half the estimated cost. We'll put in the rest. 

We think you'll like what we've chosen after reviewing the available options. The seats, from Irwin Seating Company - the leader in the industry - will make watching a movie at the Carolina Theatre a whole lot more enjoyable.

These are the seats we've chosen:

Sample Seat
Sample Seat

 And this is the color:

Vinyl Fabric Selection
Vinyl Fabric Selection

In Cinema 1 (that's the big one), nearly every seat will fully recline.

In Cinema 2, where our aisle space is limited, the back four rows won't recline. But we're taking the first three rows - which are all on the same level and a little low for the screen - and replacing them with two rows of recliners. 

As you'll see in the video, our fans love the new seats. We're sure you will too.

We hope you'll consider supporting us as we help to give Downtown Durham the first-class cinemas it truly deserves.

Risks and challenges

Any construction project faces potential delays, but we believe we're well-prepared to install the seats this spring. We've reviewed our timeline with the contractor, and we all believe that we're on track to deliver new seats this spring as promised.

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    Pledge $22 or more About $22

    Mark the Feb 2 (2/2) anniversary of the Carolina Theatre's opening in 1926, and you'll be recognized by name as a donor in Show Time magazine and receive our heartfelt thanks for supporting the project.

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    Pledge $49 or more About $49

    Cinema 2 will have 49 seats when the project is completed, and you and a guest will be invited to a free screening to preview the seats before anyone else, plus recognition in Show Time magazine.

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    Pledge $89 or more About $89

    The Carolina Theatre turns 89 years old in February, 2015. Mark the year with a contribution that will earn you a Carolina Theatre VIP movie pack - 8 movie tickets with free large popcorn and soda, plus the previously mentioned benefits.

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    Pledge $233 or more About $233

    Cinema 1 will have 233 seats when the project is complete, and at this level you'll receive free passes for a year for the Retro series of your choice: Retrofantasma, RetroClassics, or RetroTreasures. You'll also receive all the benefits of lower donation levels.

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    Pledge $404 or more About $404

    Donate the cost of a pair of seats, and you'll receive all of the aforementioned benefits plus on-screen recognition in our Cinemas for 30 days after the seats are installed.

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    Pledge $1,032 or more About $1,032

    This level, which corresponds to the number of seats in Fletcher Hall, will earn you a Bring-Your-Own-Movie private screening for you and your friends in Cinema 2, plus all of the previously mentioned benefits.

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    Pledge $1,926 or more About $1,926

    Mark the year the Carolina Theatre opened by donating at our highest level! In addition to all the great benefits we've already mentioned, you'll receive passes for 52 weeks of free movies, popcorn and soda for one. And at this level, your BYOM private screening in Cinema 2 will come with free popcorn and soda for everyone! Plus, of course, all the aforementioned benefits.

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