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Help preserve the art of the independent theater! Save the Towne by pledging money to buy 2 digital projectors when film dies in July.
Help preserve the art of the independent theater! Save the Towne by pledging money to buy 2 digital projectors when film dies in July.
576 backers pledged $72,432 to help bring this project to life.

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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: 

joeludwig91@gmail.com

Contact Alex Hero of Zephyr:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zephyr/167498626597852

Alberto Van Hecke Photography:

http://www.facebook.com/VanHeckePhotography?fref=ts

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.

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    "Towne Backer" - Your name will be on our "Kickstarter Backer Page" on our website and Facebook page.

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    "Film Archivist" - You will receive 12 frames of 35mm film, plus "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "Large Combo" - You will get a voucher for a Lg Popcorn and Lg Soda, plus "Film Archivist" and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "Larger Combo" - You get 2 free Lg Popcorns and 2 Lg Sodas, plus "Film Archivist" and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "Date Night" - You get 2 free tickets, 2 Lg Popcorns, and 2 Lg Sodas, plus "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "The Summit" - Get a free digital download of the single "The Summit" by Alex Hero of Wauwatosa, WI, used on our Kickstarter video, plus "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "15 Minutes of Fame" - Your name will be on our main screen in the on-screen advertisements that start 15 minutes before the show, plus "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "Towne Saver" - 1 ticket for the Kickstarter after party and a "I saved the Towne Cinema" bumper sticker plus "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "Towne Savers" - 2 tickets for the Kickstarter after party and a "I saved the Towne Cinema" bumper sticker plus "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "Casual Movie Fan" - You receive a handmade punch card that allows in for a movie each week for 6 months, plus "Towne Savers", "15 Minutes of Fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "You Look Marvelous" - Your portrait or family portrait will be taken by Van Hecke Photography and shown on the big screen along with our on-screen advertisements on the main screen, plus "Casual Movie Fan", "Towne Savers", "15 Minutes of Fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "Shop Local" - On screen advertisement for your business or organization choice for 6 months, plus "You Look Marvelous", "Casual Movie Fan", "Towne Savers", "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "The Classic"
    Remember the glory days of when this theater was called the "Classic"? Well you will be able to take a guided tour BEHIND THE SCENES of the projection booths and behind the screen of the main theater! This guided tour is then concluded with a private showing of one of our current movies we are playing for you and your family and friends (max 10 people, must be set up 2 weeks in advance) along with "Shop Local", "You Look Marvelous", "Casual Movie Fan", "Towne Savers", "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "Shop Locally Longer" - On screen advertisement for your business or organization of choice for 1 full year, plus "You Look Marvelous", "Casual Movie Fan", "Towne Savers", "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "Watertown Sunrise" - 1 "Watertown Sunrise" print by Van Hecke Photography personally signed and printed on metallic photo paper, plus "Shop Locally Longer", "You Look Marvelous", "Casual Movie Fan", "Towne Savers", "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "Avid Movie Fan" - 1 handmade pass to any movie at our theater for 1 full calendar year. We'll throw in a free Lg Combo each visit. Plus "Watertown Sunrise", "Shop Locally Longer", "You Look Marvelous", "Casual Movie Fan", "Towne Savers", "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "I'm Kind of a Big Deal" - Free movie for you and your 209 closest friends and/or family (must be booked 3 weeks prior to event date). Plus "Avid Movie Fan", "Watertown Sunrise", "Shop Locally Longer", "You Look Marvelous", "Casual Movie Fan", "Towne Savers", "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "No More #3" - We'll name the 59-seat theater after your family name, business, or favorite character (must be appropriate for all to see every time they walk into the theater and we call it by name). Plus "I'm Kind of a Big Deal", "Avid Movie Fan", "Watertown Sunrise", "Shop Locally Longer", "You Look Marvelous", "Casual Movie Fan", "Towne Savers", "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "No More #2" - Insert joke here. We will be naming the 130-seat theater after you, your business name, your favorite character (with the same rules from #3 applying). PLUS you will receive a LIFETIME PASS that gets you in for one movie and Lg Combo FOR LIFE, plus "I'm Kind of a Big Deal", "Avid Movie Fan", "Watertown Sunrise", "Shop Locally Longer", "You Look Marvelous", "Casual Movie Fan", "Towne Savers", "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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    "I'm Batman" - You have SAVED THE TOWNE CINEMA! You will get to name our main screen (formally #1) with the same rules applied from #3 and #2. You will also have that LIFE LONG PASS for up to 2 admissions. That's totally worth it right? PLUS "I'm Kind of a Big Deal", "Avid Movie Fan", "Watertown Sunrise", "Shop Locally Longer", "You Look Marvelous", "Casual Movie Fan", "Towne Savers", "15 minutes of fame", "The Summit", "Date Night", "Film Archivist", and "Towne Backer" perks.

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