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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, February 8 2013 11:50 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hello, my name is Roy and I am the new owner of the historic Beltonian Theater in downtown Belton TX.  When I was blessed with the opportunity to take The Beltonian over, I had a specific vision in mind for the renovated 112 year old cinema which would bring a new kind of entertainment venue to central Texas.  Unfortunately, after the purchase of The Beltonian went through, an unforeseen problem arose which blindsided that vision and made it impossible to put it into effect upon The Beltonian's re-opening.  Through Kickstarter, and the support of our caring community, I am certain that together we can bring this vision back to life and The Beltonian back into full gear. 

The Beltonian is a historic landmark, located in downtown Belton, TX next to the state's oldest continuously operating department store (est. 1869), which was first opened in 1900.  Since 2000, The Beltonian has gone through extensive renovations, including stadium seating and a kitchen for in-seat food service, and is now ready for its next (and final) incarnation. 

THE VISION

The Vision for The Beltonian is actually quite simple...  Bring affordable and unique entertainment to Central Texas.  The Vision has two main steps which have been designed to utilize this wonderful venue to its fullest:

1. Operate The Beltonian as a Professional Comedy Club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.   This has thus far been the only part of the Vision which we have been able to successfully launch since the setback hit us, however it is also proving to be a successful use for this historic venue, as our attendance numbers continue to grow from week to week and all of our guests have left the show smiling, having had a blast!  The Beltonian Comedy Club brings professionally touring comedians to central Texas and allows those who reside between Austin and DFW an opportunity to experience live professional comedy without having to drive an hour or more away or break the bank.  The Beltonian Comedy Club provides the same quality comedic talent as any other comedy club in the state, along with a better quality of food and service.  Our ticket prices are reasonable, our food is delicious and affordable, and our staff treats every guest as a VIP. 

2. Operate The Beltonian as a family friendly Value Cinema when not being utilized as the comedy club.  This is the project which has brought The Beltonian to Kickstarter.  We need to replace the funds which were lost in order to open the only Value Cinema within the Temple-Killeen-Fort Hood metropolitan area. 

The Beltonian will serve as a Value Cinema.  What this means is that we will offer a much greater value for a much lower cost to all of our patrons.  Our admission prices will be much lower than every other theater in the area as The Beltonian will be re-opened as a discount cinema.  We will show movies several weeks after their initial box office release, allowing us the ability to charge much less per ticket, thereby saving you a lot of dough... especially families who can't afford to spend up to $50+ every time they want to go see a movie.  Additional value will also be found in our concessions.  You will not only find that our concession snacks are more affordable, but that unlike most of the theaters around, we will also offer a full dine-in menu allowing you to enjoy both a lunch/dinner and a movie all in one place!  The service in your seat will also add to the value of seeing a movie at The Beltonian.  No more standing in line for concessions!!!  We will serve you everything right in your seat!  Have you ever needed to get that popcorn or soda refill, or purchase additional items, but didn't want to miss any of the action on screen?  Well, just leave it to us!  We will get your refill or additional item(s) and bring it right to you!  You won't miss one second of your movie!!! 

All of that is already a great value, right?.... But it's not quite enough for us, so we will add an additional discount day every week, lowering our admission prices even further, making going out to the cinema EVEN MORE AFFORDABLE THAN EVER!!!!   This is the kind of entertainment value we want to bring to you, and with your help, we can all make it happen!

When The Beltonian was once a movie theater...  It WILL be one again!
When The Beltonian was once a movie theater... It WILL be one again!

THE PROJECT

The project we would like you to be a part of is to purchase and install the equipment which is needed in order to operate The Beltonian as a movie theater once again. 

Due to Hollywood pushing to replace all 35mm film projectors with digital projectors by Summer 2013, we have no choice but to install a much more expensive digital projector which meets the standards set forth by the Hollywood movie studios.  In order to acquire the projector and all of the other equipment and expenses which it will entail, we need $50,000.00 in funding.  This money will be used for:  The digital projector, a cinema server, sales tax, shipping, and installation costs.  

DIGITAL CINEMA: THE FUTURE IS NOW

Even though it is more expensive to go digital, there are a lot of positives that go along with it.  Digital projection allows you to view the movie in its original pristine condition, no matter when you see it.  No more scratches or dust on the film.  Digital cinema will allow us to eventually present movies in 3D, which will allow you to skip those high 3D up-charges at other theaters for a much more affordable 3D experience. It will also keep The Beltonian viable and strong, able to show movies on screen for years to come.  Your children will be able to take their kids to the movies where you once took them.

KICKSTARTER AND YOU

I am so happy that Kickstarter is around as it gives us the opportunity to reach out to our community and let everyone be involved in making sure The Beltonian has a strong and healthy future.  Not to mention all of the great rewards that I cannot wait to give out to all of our backers!  Every Reward listed is one which I believe you will be able to really enjoy and get a great value out of.  Each one is worth more than what we're asking as a pledge.  It is very important that we deliver the greatest in value, whether it is on screen, on stage, from our kitchen, or within our Kickstarter campaign.

Please keep in mind that Kickstarter is an ALL-OR-NOTHING funding opportunity.  If we do not hit our goal then all of the pledge funds disappear and we get nothing.  On the other hand there is no maximum pledge amount, therefore if we are fortunate enough to raise more than our goal, we will get to keep those additional funds and put them towards strengthening The Beltonian, making it much healthier and stable.  This will allow The Beltonian to remain a staple of historic downtown Belton for generations.  

AS AN ADDITIONAL INCENTIVE to help in raising more than our needed goal amount, we are in the process of arranging to have celebrity comedians at The Beltonian in 2013!  We are currently looking at 8 celebrity comedians that we want to bring to The Beltonian for you!  The more we are able to raise over our goal amount, the more of these comedians we can bring in.  If enough is raised over the goal amount, we will be able to bring in ALL 8!!!   The 8 celebrity comics we are currently looking to bring in are:

Jimmie "JJ" Walker (from "Good Times" - Dyn-O-Mite!)
Jimmie "JJ" Walker (from "Good Times" - Dyn-O-Mite!)
Dave Coulier ("Uncle Joey" from "Full House")
Dave Coulier ("Uncle Joey" from "Full House")
Victoria Jackson (seven year veteran on "Saturday Night Live")
Victoria Jackson (seven year veteran on "Saturday Night Live")
Jay London (one of the most popular comics from "Last Comic Standing")
Jay London (one of the most popular comics from "Last Comic Standing")
Josh Blue ("Last Comic Standing" Champion)
Josh Blue ("Last Comic Standing" Champion)
Dustin Diamond ("Screech" from "Saved By The Bell")
Dustin Diamond ("Screech" from "Saved By The Bell")
Michael Winslow (from the "Police Academy" movies & "Spaceballs")
Michael Winslow (from the "Police Academy" movies & "Spaceballs")
Bobcat Goldthwaite (has featured & starred in over 20 feature films!)
Bobcat Goldthwaite (has featured & starred in over 20 feature films!)

If you want to see these comics come to central Texas, then let's get this Kickstarter campaign started now and started right!  Pledge whatever you can!  Earn the Rewards that you want (and save some money doing it)!  Help The Beltonian have a strong and healthy future of bringing great value and entertainment to everyone in central Texas!

Thank you - and from all of us to you... GET YOUR LAUGH ON!!!

FAQ (Please also see additional FAQ's Below):

Question:  Are these rewards transferable?

Answer:  Yes.  If you would like to use your reward as a gift or you do not live close enough to enjoy them yourself and would like to donate them to someone in need who could use some fun thanks to your generosity, then we can arrange to have your reward passed on to your specified recipient.  Please just make sure to inform us of the desired transfer before rewards are dispersed.  Furthermore, if you want to donate your reward to anyone in need, or split up a larger reward between multiple individuals in need, we here at The Beltonian can work with the local charitable foundations in order to make sure your generous donation makes it to those who will appreciate it the most! 

Risks and challenges

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    Our Heartfelt and Most Sincere Thanks! We know it can be hard to let even $1 go in a tight budget these days and we Truly Do Appreciate your generosity. THANK YOU.

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    A Family Movie Four Pack. Four Free Tickets for you and the kids for any movie you would like to see (redeemable during any regularly scheduled show through the end of 2013). A Free Large Popcorn is also included for your movie going pleasure (one large refillable popcorn provided). Come and enjoy a free movie on us! We are family friendly and will treat you and your family like the VIP's you are! - *up to an $18 value!*

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    A Night of Comedy! Two Free General Admission Tickets to our Professional Comedy Show (redeemable during any regularly scheduled comedy show, excluding special engagements, through the end of 2013). Come and Get Your Laugh On! - *up to a $30 value!*

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    TWO Family Movie Four Packs! Why only see a movie for free once, when you can do it Twice? (redeemable during any regularly scheduled show through the end of 2013) A Free Large Refillable Popcorn is included with every Four Tickets Used, so come ready to munch! - *up to a $35 value!*

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    TWO Nights of Comedy! Either come out for another show, or bring two friends along to the first... Either way, you can do it on us! Four Free General Admission Comedy Tickets (redeemable during any regularly scheduled comedy show, excluding special engagements, through the end of 2013). Our Professional Comics will make you Laugh, and Laugh, and Laugh, and Laugh, and Laugh... until you stop. - *up to a $60 value!*

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    Fun for the Family, Fun for You! A Family Movie Four Pack (including all the popcorn you can eat and soda you can drink!) AND Four Free General Admission Comedy Show Tickets... Take your family out for a movie during the day then treat your friends to an evening of Professional Comedy that night!
    (All free tickets are redeemable for any regularly scheduled show, excluding special engagements, through the end of 2013. Comedy Show tickets do not have to be used the same day as movie tickets and can be split up for more than one show if used two at a time.) - *up to a $90 value!*

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    A Monthly Trip to the Movies! A Family Movie Four Pack EVERY MONTH FOR A WHOLE YEAR! Experience the joy of going to the movies on a regular basis with your personal monthly movie pass. Take your family to the cinema once a month for FREE for the Whole Year! (Four Free Admissions per Month will be provided. All tickets redeemable for any regularly scheduled show, until tickets expire one year after they are provided) - *up to a $144 value!*

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    OUT-OF-TOWNER REWARD: Want to support The Beltonian but don't live near enough to enjoy one of our shows? No Problem. This Reward is just for you! We will record one of our Professional Comedy Shows, along with a personal Thank You from us and one of our professional comedians, and then we'll send it to you! You will be able to enjoy the show in the comfort of your own home! Additionally, your name will be recorded and displayed as one of our "Distant Donors" for all to see just how awesome you are!

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    A Monthly Trip to the Comedy Club! Wish you could go to the Comedy Club every month? Well now you can with your Monthly General Admission Comedy Show Pass. Go see the best in Professional Comedy every month... on us! (Two Free Admissions Per Month will be provided. All tickets redeemable for any regularly scheduled comedy show, excluding special engagements, until tickets expire one year after they are provided) - *up to a $360 value!*

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    FREE MOVIES FOR A WHOLE YEAR!!! Receive a Family VIP Pass which will provide you the ability to take your family to the movies EVERY WEEK FOR A WHOLE YEAR! (Four Free Admissions Per Week will be available for use with Pass. All tickets redeemable for any regularly scheduled show until the VIP card expires one year after its start date) Your name(s) will also be immortalized on a special plaque which will be attached to one of our comfy auditorium seats. You can literally be a part of history... and sit in that part of history on every visit. - *up to a $624 value!*

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    The Beltonian will be yours to do with as you will. You can use the venue during any dark time or other agreed upon time for whatever purpose you would like. Concert, independent movie premiere, family reunion, graduation, or any other purpose you need the venue for. Certain time restrictions may apply, however we will work with you to try and get you the venue during a good time for you. Additionally if any staff is needed to assist you with your function, they will be available to help. - *up to a $900 value!*

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    A Private Movie Screening for you and up to 100 of your closest friends, including Unlimited Popcorn and Sodas! This Reward will also be good for any business/group/team/club. You pick the movie! It can either be one which is being regularly shown or any retro or classic film you would like to see back on the big screen. Your Group will also be immortalized with a special plaque which will be attached to one of our comfy auditorium seats and with a special Thank You Group Sponsorship mention which will hang prominently in our lobby! You can sit in your very own seat each and every time you pay us a visit! - *up to a $1,250 value!*

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    A Private Comedy Show for you and up to 100 of your closest friends! This Reward will also be good for any business/group/team/club. We will sell out an entire show just for you and your group! Just let us know ahead of time which week you want to do your private show, and it's yours. (Friday - Second Show will be the showtime reserved for this event. Private Party will be available for any regularly scheduled comedy show, excluding special engagements, through the end of 2013) Your Group will also be immortalized with a special plaque which will be attached to one of our comfy auditorium seats and with a special Thank You Group Sponsorship mention which will hang prominently in our lobby! - *up to a $1,550 value!*

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    FREE COMEDY FOR A WHOLE YEAR!!! Receive a Comedy VIP Pass which will provide you the ability to go and see Professional Stand Up Comedy EVERY SINGLE WEEK! On top of that, all VIP Pass Holders will be able to meet and hang out with the Comics before and after the show (dependent upon Comedian availability)... every week! (Two Free Admissions Per Week will be available for use with Pass. All tickets redeemable for any regularly scheduled show until the VIP card expires one year after its start date). Your name(s) will also be immortalized on a special plaque which will be attached to one of our comfy auditorium seats. You can literally be a part of history! - *up to a $2,000 value!*

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    SILVER CARD: This Silver VIP Pass will grant you UNLIMITED MOVIES AND COMEDY SHOWS FOR A WHOLE YEAR!!! (Unlimited Tickets are restricted to Four Free Movie Tickets per card holder visit and Two Free Comedy Show Tickets per card holder visit. Number of visits are NOT restricted. All Free Tickets are redeemable until Silver Card expires one year after its start date) Silver Card Holders will also be able to meet and hang out with the Comics before and after their show (dependent upon Comedian availability), when attending a Comedy Show. Your name(s) will also be immortalized on a special plaque which will be attached to one of our comfy auditorium seats. You can literally be a part of history... and sit in that part of history on every visit. - *up to a $2,700 value!*

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    GOLD CARD: The Gold VIP Pass will grant you UNLIMITED MOVIES AND COMEDY SHOWS FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS!!!!! This Three Year Pass has the same restrictions and added benefits as the Silver Card, as well as the same honor of becoming part of history by having a Beltonian seat named after you! - *up to a $7,000 value!*

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    PLATINUM CARD: The Platinum VIP Pass will grant you UNLIMITED MOVIES AND COMEDY SHOWS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!! This Lifetime Pass has the same restrictions and added benefits as the Silver and Gold Cards, as well as the same honor of becoming part of history by having a Beltonian seat named after you! - *up to a $... Who Knows How Much Value!!!*

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