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As the era of 35mm film movies comes to an end, the family-owned Kuhn Cinema needs funding for a digital projector to stay in business.
As the era of 35mm film movies comes to an end, the family-owned Kuhn Cinema needs funding for a digital projector to stay in business.
350 backers pledged $35,842 to help bring this project to life.

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The Kuhn Cinema is in danger. Starting this summer, movie companies will begin to phase out the use of 35mm film. The Kuhn has been showing movies using a 35mm projector since it was built in 1936. If the theater is unable to install a digital projector, the owners will be forced to shut the doors and a community will lose its access to the art & entertainment of cinema.

The Kuhn has changed ownership a few times since it was built. In 2006, a local family saw the lack of options for entertainment in their community and decided to take on the project of restoring and reopening the Kuhn's doors. The classic cinema still had its old charm, but needed a fresh coat of paint and lots of other essentials: 300 new seats were installed, a new concession stand and popcorn machine was built, every wall was painted, a new screen and digital surround sound were purchased and installed.

Now open for six years, operating 7 days a week with multiple showings each Saturday and Sunday, the Kuhn has built relationships with many community members and hopes to continue doing so. Affordability has been important to the new owners because they want to make cinema more accessible to everyone. In order to continue doing so, they need outside help to keep the Kuhn alive.

By pledging an amount on the right side of the page, you help ensure the future of the Kuhn Cinema and also receive a fun reward for doing so. Remember that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing campaign. If we raise $35,000 before the time limit is up, then the Kuhn will purchase and install a digital projector. If the project is just $1 short, the Kuhn will not receive any of the funding and will not be able to purchase the digital projector to stay in business.

Thank you for your support!

$50 pledge t-shirt design:

$30 pledge 8x10 inch classic photo:

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If this Kickstarter is successfully funded, the Kuhn Cinema should be able to install the digital projector late May - early June which is just in time for the summer season.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    1 movie ticket + your name on the contributor section of our website.

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    This pledge was created for LHS class of '86.
    $10/ticket (you can enter $10 increments). Will call on the date of showing.

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    2 movie tickets + 4 frames of 35mm film + your name on contributor section of our website.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Give Students the Gift of Cinema: The Kuhn often has school classes come to view a movie of a book they've read, or just for fun. Sometimes students are unable to pay for their tickets/concessions and the school has to cover the costs. With this reward, you pay for 5 students' tickets & concessions + your name on contributor section of our website. This reward is perfect if you're unable to visit the Kuhn Cinema. If you want to pay for more students, just add $5 per student to this pledge amount.

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    Out-of-Town: Classic 8x10 inch photo of the Kuhn Cinema + 4 frames of 35mm film + your name on the contributor section of our website. Perfect if you're unable to visit the Kuhn Cinema in person. See the bottom-left side of the page to see the photo.

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    Exclusive Kuhn Cinema t-shirt + 2 movie tickets + 4 frames of 35mm film + your name on contributor section of our website. See the bottom left side of the page to see the t-shirt design.

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    Your name will be engraved on the contributors plaque that will be mounted on the old film projector that will be painted gold and placed in our lobby + your name on contributor section of our website.

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    Private movie showing for 15 people: each person receives a medium drink & small popcorn.
    You can watch the movie we are currently showing or a DVD of your choice + your name on contributor section of our website.

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    Unlimited movie tickets for 1 person for 1 year!
    Come to any showing for a whole year with this pass! + your name on contributor section of our website. *It's required to call and reserve your seat for midnight showings at least 24 hours in advance.

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    On-screen advertising for one year. Have your advertising slide shown before every movie! This is a great way to get your name out there (limited to 60 to ensure purchasers receive appropriate screen time) + your name on contributor section of our website.

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    Private movie showing for 50 people:
    each person receives a medium drink & small popcorn. You can watch the movie we have or a DVD of your choice + your name on contributor section of our website.

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    Private movie showing for 100 people: each person receives a medium drink & small popcorn. You can watch the movie we are currently showing or a DVD of your choice + your name on contributor section of our website.

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    The whole theater is yours! All 300 seats:
    each person receives a medium drink & small popcorn. You can watch the movie we are currently showing or a DVD of your choice. Perfect for a company party + your name on contributor section of our website.

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Funding period

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