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Soon the Hudson Cinema will no longer be able to get movies without converting from film to digital. Help us keep it from going dark.

What is the Hudson Cinema Plaza?

It is a family run and owned business. Where when you enter the back parking lot you're greeted by a pair of West African Mountain goats who live in the petting farm, or have to wait for the ducks crossing to the Koi pond. And when you make it inside to buy your tickets and popcorn you are dealing with family. Aislin (11 years old) prefers to sell tickets, Heather is on popcorn, and Rob usually handles the technical end, from projectors to toilets. The business has two major facilitates. The day job, Main Street Florist were Heather designs gorgeous fresh arrangements. And the night job, Hudson Cinema and DZ Laser Tag. Striving to provide a clean, safe, and fun environment for family entertainment, the Cinema's slogan is "Hudson Cinema where movies come to life".  Often times costumes are involved, sometimes against ones will.

Why this project is needed.

The Hudson Cinema is facing a great hurdle that without your help it will cease to exist. The film studios are stopping all production of 35 mm film, which has been the standard for the last 100 years.

Digital projection has taken over, and the cost of this new technology is way beyond the reach of most small town theaters. A traditional loan for this equipment would surpass the current profits, even the idea of a 15 year loan on computer equipment is hard for any bank to justify. So after exhausting all other avenues, we are asking our devoted patrons, family, friends, and neighbors for help. In order to retrofit both theaters with digital projectors, servers, and support equipment we would need $85,000. Believing this is out of reach for a 60 day,  all or nothing campaign, we are shooting for a goal of $60,000 to convert only screen 1. This will keep the doors open and movies coming to Hudson. If we go over the goal the extra funds will go to converting screen 2 to digital.

History of Movie Theaters in Hudson

The first Hudson Theater was on Main Street in 1909.

In 1949 it moved to a new location on South Market Street and was called the New Hudson

Although this Digital Conversion is by far the most costly advancement in the history of motion industry, Hudson has made it through all the other major movie improvements. It has experienced the change from silent pictures to talkies, from black & white to Technicolor, and even in 1954 it went from a flat screen to a curved screen called CinemaScope. But on July 8th, 1961 the Hudson Deluxe Theater went dark and closed its doors. For 45 years the city of Hudson went without a movie theater.

The Hudson Cinema
The Hudson Cinema

With a strong belief that Hudson needs a theater,  Rob & Heather set out to convert a vacant industrial building into a family movie theater called the Hudson Cinema. With the price of $4 for a matinee ticket, $1.50 popcorn and $1 soda’s they have provided entertainment a whole family could afford, in a safe and comfortable setting.

The Studios reasoning behind the push to digital. $$$

Our current  35 mm Projection System

Pros: 

- Reliable equipment, we are using a projector from the 1950’s.

- low tech easy to use.

-used equipment readily available

Cons:

- Cost the studio's $1500 a copy

- Heavy and costly to ship to theaters

- Shows wear marks

- Requires assemble and disassemble to ship

The New Digital Projection System

Pros:

- Costs the studio's  $150 a copy to produce

- Small shipping costs

- Quality of picture

- No assembly

Cons:

- High cost of equipment to theaters

- No used equipment available, no substitutions

- Shorter Life expectancy of computer equipment 

 You can see from the above pros & cons why the studio's are pushing the change to Digital. To top it off, now the companies that produce the blank stock film are closing. And we have been told, as of the first of the year, we will no longer be able to get a movie on film.

Conclusion:

Rob & Heather have continually strived to update the facility. Starting out with analog sound, converting to Sony Digital SDDS sound, then to the newest DTS Digital system. They even recently completed a 2nd screen to give greater options, and allow for more 1st run movies to be held over. As with the original construction, and all the these other updates, they have been able to buy used equipment, scrounge together parts, and build things themselves. But this new stage in the movie business has eliminated any possibility of doing that. The requirements from the production companies insure that theaters are required to buy certain controlled equipment, so used and unauthorized equipment is not an viable option. Leaving only a $60,000 option to convert one screen to digital or close the doors. The attitude received from equipment suppliers is if you can't afford it then maybe Hudson is just to small to have a theater. 

This conversion is not a surprise. When the theater first opened the cost to go digital was $150,000 per screen. The price of technology always drops and advancements make the product even better over time. But the price for this equipment didn't drop fast enough, and the studios are now leaving no option to wait any longer. The price has come down, but it is still more then could be handled with current ticket volume and price.

Without your help today in funding the Hudson Cinema Digital Conversion Project, the screens will go dark. So if you have enjoyed the theater, think it’s important to keep this entertainment option around, and don’t want the theater to vanish for another 45 years. Please consider helping financially, or by just getting the word out to others that can help.

Side Note: With Christmas just around the corner. Not only by donating will you be able to use your reward as a gift for that difficult to buy for person, but you and the recipient will get a feeling of accomplishment knowing you both helped keep affordable quality family entertainment in Hudson.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risk is an all or nothing 60 day campaign. If we don't reach the goal of $60,000 the cinema will be forced to close. We have great hope in this fund raising project not only because Hudson is a active community, but because this system has already worked in a number of small communities across the nation.

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