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The historic Kiggins Theatre needs your help to convert to digital projection. Celebrate the past while moving into the future!
The historic Kiggins Theatre needs your help to convert to digital projection. Celebrate the past while moving into the future!
794 backers pledged $92,830 to help bring this project to life.

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The historic Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, Washington is an independently owned, single-screen movie theatre. Since opening in 1936, the theatre has been an icon on the Downtown Vancouver landscape and a community hub for generations. Today, the Kiggins presents the best in independent, classic and art-house cinema, as well as providing an affordable venue for non-profit organizations to hold their events, and local filmmakers to screen their works.

The Kiggins Theatre auditorium, restored in 2010
The Kiggins Theatre auditorium, restored in 2010

Beginning this year major film distributors will no longer release films via 35mm prints. Digital projection will become the mandatory norm for cinemas across the nation by the end of 2013. The funds raised through the Kickstarter campaign will allow the Kiggins Theatre to purchase and install a digital projection system, which will satisfy the projection standards of major distributors and open new programming opportunities for the Theatre. It will also allow us to upgrade our sound system. Without securing a digital projector, the film selection available to Kiggins Theatre will become marginal and our ability to serve our community severely threatened.

Advertisement for the theatre's opening in 1936
Advertisement for the theatre's opening in 1936

The Kiggins Theatre is committed to serving our community and cinema. When the theatre originally opened, it proudly advertised its dedication to providing everlasting entertainment and comfort. We at the Kiggins Theatre recognize our opportunity and privilege to serve the Vancouver community, and hope that with your support of this campaign we can continue to entertain our community for generations to come.

Risks and challenges

If the Kickstarter is successfully funded, installation of the digital projector will take place no later than December 2013. We are prepared with a network of knowledgeable contractors and electricians who can assist with any issues that may arise when introducing 21st century technology into the historic cinema.

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    One movie ticket, one large popcorn, one large drink, and one candy items of your choice, plus a Kiggins Theatre button.

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    Two movie tickets, one large popcorn, two large drinks, and two candy items of your choice, plus two Kiggins Theatre buttons.

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    Refillable Kiggins popcorn bowl and tumbler, plus a Kiggins Theatre button.

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    A Kiggins Theatre t-shirt, plus two movie tickets, one large popcorn, two large drinks, two candy items of your choice, and two Kiggins Theatre buttons.

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    A private tour of the Kiggins Theatre for you and a guest, plus a "Kiggins Theatre" t-shirt, two movie tickets, one large popcorn, two large drinks, two candy items of your choice, and two Kiggins Theatre buttons.

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    See your name in lights! We'll send you a photo of your name (or personalized message) on the historic Kiggins Theatre marquee.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    One movie ticket a month for a year, plus a Kiggins Theatre t-shirt and button.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    One year of free popcorn, plus a Kiggins Theatre t-shirt and button. (Our popcorn is known as the best popcorn in town!)

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    One movie ticket, small popcorn and small drink a month for a year, plus a Kiggins Theatre t-shirt and button.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Naming rights to a seat in the auditorium (there will be a plaque featuring your name on the back of a seat), plus a Kiggins Theatre t-shirt and button.

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    Two movie tickets a month for a year and a refillable Kiggins popcorn bowl and two refillable Kiggins tumblers, plus a Kiggins Theatre t-shirt and button.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Host a private movie screening at the Kiggins Theatre (Sunday-Thursday, by availability), plus two movie tickets a month for a year, a refillable Kiggins popcorn bowl, two refillable Kiggins tumblers, and a Kiggins Theatre t-shirt and button.

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    Pledge $1,200 or more About $1,200

    A year of on-screen advertising during our pre-show. It's a perfect option for local business to help support the Kiggins Theatre.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Unlimited movie screenings for you and three friends for one year to any Kiggins Theatre sponsored movie or event (including Oscar Night 2014!), plus a refillable Kiggins popcorn bowl, refillable tumbler, and a Kiggins Theatre button.

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    Naming rights to our box office! Imagine your name (or your company's name) on our historic box office.
    This would be for a five year term.

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    Naming rights to our auditorium! Imagine your name (or your company's name) adorning the Kiggins Theatre auditorium just as you enter. This would be for a five year term.

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Funding period

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