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15 years ago we introduced “Movies and Martinis” to the Pacific Northwest. Now, our hardworking theatre seats are ready to retire!
15 years ago we introduced “Movies and Martinis” to the Pacific Northwest. Now, our hardworking theatre seats are ready to retire!
191 backers pledged $24,488 to help bring this project to life.

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Our current theatre seats have valiantly and competently served us for 15 years. However, the manufacturer has stopped making replacement parts for them and so they are ready to retire. We have identified a new luxury First Class Lounger seat that will offer unparalleled comfort and durability at a reasonable price and are planning to replace all of the 88 seats in our auditorium. We had planned to self-finance this upgrade, however, our recent $50,000 conversion to digital cinema ( a non-optional expense if we wanted to continue as a movie theatre) wiped out our improvements budget. We are turning to the Kickstarter community for assistance with this project.

What is the value of a seat? Before opening Big Picture I would have considered the value only to be in dollars and possibly the design functionality; I never would have considered or realized the emotional value of a seat. But now, as I look out over the Big Picture auditorium I see 88  seats - seats that have been sat upon, laughed and sometimes cried in, and served as silent witness to a kaleidoscopic array of human emotions and experiences. Over the past 15 years, Big Picture has been an active participant in many life moments; here are a few that come to mind:

  • -Movie patrons captivated by the glittering excess of "The Great Gatsby", the human struggle of "The King’s Speech", the outrageously funny "The Hangover (the first one!), the memorable characters in "American Hustle" and we will never forget the frenzied anticipation of the first "Sex and The City" movie.
  • First date couples enjoying a movie together and later returning to celebrate their engagement.
  • Make a Wish kids enjoying a happy afternoon screening with their friends and family.
  • Generous donors gathering for a special fundraising event to help complete strangers who were victims of Hurricane Katrina and events benefiting cancer research.-
  • Proud family watching starry – eyed couples exchanging vows in the theater and starting their lives together.

The seat we hope to purchase will allow us to add an additional 4 seats to our auditorium! Once this Project is funded, the seats will be ordered and we expect to have them installed by the end of summer!

We have a variety of Pledge rewards that we are offering and your kind support will insure that moviegoers will have a competitive choice between going to a chain movie theatre or a locally owned neighborhood movie theatre. 

Thank you for considering our Project - I look forward to seeing you at Big Picture!

Sincerely,

Katie Stern
Founder

Risks and challenges

We are not anticipating any challenges to this project. Once the seats are ordered, the manufacturer has given us a 10 - week estimate of when they will be shipped. We will need to re-carpet and re-vinyl the theatre with the new seat installation, however, we are prepared to handle this additional expense.

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    SUPPORTING CAST: Every great production needs a strong supporting cast - and we thank you for helping out! At this pledge level you will receive one movie ticket to Big Picture. You will also receive our heartfelt gratitude for your support! Must be 21+.

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    DATE NIGHT: Treat you and yours to a fun night out at the movies. Your kind donation will be rewarded with 2 movie tickets and 1 bucket of our award-winning popcorn; choose white cheddar or truffle butter topping! All guests must be 21 or older.

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    COUPLES NIGHT OUT- Double your pleasure double your fun. Is there a couple that you would like to take out for a night of movie entertainment? Your kind donation will be rewarded with 4 movie tickets and 2 buckets of our award-winning popcorn; choose white cheddar or truffle butter topping! All guests must be 21 or older.

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    MOVIE STAR! Go ahead and put on your wrap-around sunglasses because you are about to become a Star. At this level your donation includes a Hollywood Walk of Fame inspired Gold Star engraved with your name or company name proudly displayed on the main gallery wall in the bar area at Big Picture. Every customer walks past this wall and will see that you helped support an independent movie theatre. This makes a great thank you gift, too. Also included are two movie tickets and a bucket of popcorn topped with white cheddar or truffle butter. All guests must be 21 or older.

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    RAT PACK VIP MOVIE PARTY for up to 8 People. You and your guests will enjoy the VIP treatment during one of our featured movies with this Pledge Reward. For up to 1 ½ hours before the movie you will enjoy the use of 2 VIP party areas featuring plush, comfy furnishings and a large screen TV with Blu-ray player. Also included are up to 8 movie tickets with reserved seating and 8 personal sized popcorns to enjoy during the show. We can help secure extra movie tickets if you need them at an additional cost.
    This is a fun way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Food and beverage are an additional cost and we offer a variety of food and beverage options to complement your VIP Movie Party. All guests must be 21 or older.

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    SCREEN LEGEND! "Adopt" a theatre seat. How often have you walked into a movie theatre seeing your name on the back of a theatre seat! Your donation includes a large shiny Hollywood Walk of Fame inspired Gold Star which will be affixed to the seat back and will feature your name or company name engraved onto it. You will also receive 2 movie tickets, popcorn topped with white cheddar or truffle butter and 2 invitations to the Gold Star Gala Reception Party. All guests must be 21 or older.

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    THE BIG SHOT!- Your donation allows you to host your very own exclusive movie screening party for up to 100 guests! Choose the first or second show Monday thru Thursday and you and your guests will enjoy two unique spaces in one unique venue. The bar and social area feature beautiful antiques, Asian accents and plush lounge areas. Movies are usually at 6pm and 8:30 pm. You will have access 1 1/2 hours before showtime to mix and mingle before heading into the theatre for your exclusive movie screening. This is a perfect way to celebrate a birthday or provide a wonderful morale event to inspire your employees. Food and beverage are an additional cost and we offer a variety of food and beverage options to complement your event. All guests must be 21 or older. Capacity 100

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    VIP SUPER BOWL PARTY XLIX: Tired of going to a crowed bar for Super Bowl? Rock your socks off and watch the next Super Bowl on a movie theatre sized screen and party in style. We feature a state of the art projection and surround sound system, luxury lounger seats, full bar, plush lounge areas and catering options including pizza from your favorite pizza place. Your donation includes the entire venue exclusively for you and your invited guests including a full staff to serve you. You will have access to Big Picture 2 hours before kickoff. Food and beverage are an additional cost and all guests would need to be aged 21+. Capacity is 100.

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    You are a MOVIE MOGUL when you "Adopt" the entire first row of the theatre - a total of 12 seats! If you think having a movie theatre seat with your name on it is cool imagine having an entire row of theatre seats with your name on them! Your donation includes an engraved plaque bearing your name that will be placed at the start of the row. Each of the 12 seat backs will sport a large gleaming Hollywood Walk of Fame inspired Gold Star engraved with your name, relatives name or company name. This is a wonderful and creative way to promote your company or to honor someone special. As an added bonus the front row comes with ottomans to rest your feet on. Also included are 12 movie VIP admit one movie tickets, 6 large popcorns topped with white cheddar or truffle butter and 12 invitations to the Gold Star Gala Reception Party. And last but not least, at this level your donation will also include a Hollywood Walk of Fame inspired Gold Star engraved with your name or company name proudly displayed on the main gallery wall in the bar area at Big Picture. All guests must be 21 or older.

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Funding period

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