About this project
The Towne Cinema Story
Our historic theater has been a fixture in Watertown's downtown community since 1913. For the past eleven years of this theaters 100 year run, John and Barb Bendall have kept the Towne Cinema's doors open for the community. From school rentals, to private and public birthday parties, the Towne Cinema has been there with open arms to the community. This year, the Towne Cinema celebrates her 100th birthday in October. Our hopes of celebrating this epic birthday are hinged on our survival through a technological transformation that is changing the way all cinemas show their films. This mighty challenge can not be overcome by us here at the theater alone. Only with the help of many can we save our beloved, historic, unique, independent and community supported theater.
We need to upgrade our equipment in a bad way!
By this coming Summer, Hollywood studios will begin the process of phasing out 35 mm film projection and replacing it with digital projection. Why is Hollywood doing this to us? Well, the simple answer is because they will save a TON of money by not having to pay the shipping on these 60 lb boxes filled with film reels being sent all over the world. They will now pay a small fee to ship out a small hard drive that plugs into the projector itself.
What's in it for you, the customer?
We know that you are asking yourself this question, so we are going to answer it for you. Not only will we be able to continue offering our $3.00 ticket prices, but with this conversion your movie going experience will be even better here at the Towne CInema. Here's how!
* No more lines, marks, or scratches on the films we are showing. Have you watched a movie at our theater and saw a black or green line on the screen? That won't happen anymore! I know that WE are excited about not having that problem anymore.
* Limited-release movies that are distributed to the BIG THEATERS that we end up having to wait 4-8 weeks will no longer be a problem for us.
* There will be a new digital sound system in each theater.
* The picture itself will be brighter, cleaner, more visually pleasing to your eyes.
Have we mentioned that barring any studio issues with our price, we're staying at $3 a ticket?
That's right. We're staying at just $3 per ticket even when we have digital, crystal clear, projection to offer you. Now do you see how COOL the Towne Cinema will be? You will still be able to get your tickets, popcorn, soda, and a candy for LESS than it would cost just to get into some of our other theaters in the area.
How can I contact or find out more about some of the people that made this video possible?
Joe Ludwig email:
Contact Alex Hero of Zephyr: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zephyr/167498626597852
Alberto Van Hecke Photography:
Risks and challenges
As with any change of this magnitude there may be many unforeseen obstacles in between now and the finish line. The challenge of implementing new and updated equipment here at the theater is not only in raising the funds to purchase the equipment itself, but the challenge of the actual installation.
The building that the Towne Cinema calls its home is over 100 years old. Buildings of such a distinguished age possess deep character and charm, but along with such desired attributes there can always be potential downsides as well.
We have found local contractors, and electricians that have experience working with older homes and buildings. We will have these professionals on call for what we hope to be a smooth installation in case of any issues that may arise during this process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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