South Street Cinema, located at 327 South Street in Philadelphia, is a pop-up movie house, currently showing films 5 nights a week since October 2017.
The concept was brought to life by Bill Arrowood, who describes the idea, "Philadelphia has plenty of traditional movie theaters, but is is lacking in the kind of small screening rooms that could show golden era movies or indy films on a daily basis. South Street is the ideal location for finding unique and quirky entertainment and bringing a space like this to life has been a great new asset to the street."
The 40 seat screening room and art gallery features retro favorites, rare cult and classic films and independent features from local filmmakers.
The Cinema has partnered with the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (PUFF), Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, (PIFF), the Jewish Film Festival and Philadelphia Independent Film Awards (PIFA) to screen films produced by offer local and international independent filmmakers.
The Cinema is also the home to Philadelphia Comedy College and Liberty Improv Theater.
Having been open for just over a year, the overwhelming response has been that this is a great idea and something our City needs. Sometimes, everyone who says, "that's a great idea" doesn't get to support something in person before it is no longer financial sustainable and a project closes before it finds its legs to succeed.
The theater was previously funded by the South Street District, but it now needs to sustain its own expenses to survive. We are asking for a modest amount from people who believe that this sort of venue is great for Philadelphia.
If you believe that having a odd-ball, indy niche movie house is good for the City, than please contribute now. We need you now to ensure we can continue long enough to get grow our audience and keep the movies going.
Risks and challenges
The cost of operating our space is comparatively minimal thanks to the generosity of our partners, Society Hill Playhouse, (who donated all the chairs and equipment), and Triad Realty who are working with us on a flexible lease; however, it is not without certain basic costs.
Each month our expenditures are approximately $1,500-$2,000 per month with utilities, rent and film licensing. We are limited in the kinds of films we can show because of film licensing costs, with more support we can offer a greater variety of titles.
Our greatest challenge is time, time for people to discover and support us. Our audience is building, slowly, but we need sustaining funds to make sure that we are in business long enough for the community find us.
In this fund drive, we are looking to create a three month buffer of costs. We have set our goal purposefully low, because only fully funded projects receive funds, but exceeding those modest goals would help enure that we can be sustained for months to come.
If we exceed our modest goal, it will help guarantee our ability to keep the theater lights on even longer and be open more nights.
- (35 days)