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Central Cinema is upgrading to DCP Digital Cinema. Hollywood is demanding it, and it will make all our shows 11 times more amazing!
Central Cinema is upgrading to DCP Digital Cinema. Hollywood is demanding it, and it will make all our shows 11 times more amazing!
1,049 backers pledged $69,084 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal: If we can get to $70,000 we will have enough extra to revamp the sound system. One of the things we constantly battle is balancing the sound effects, music, and dialog so that each comes through clearly. If we had a little extra cash to modernize the audio gear it would make for a much more complete upgrade project. We are so close to our main goal, lets put it over the top and make the sound great too.

Here at Central Cinema, we are committed to bringing you quality films ranging from Citizen Kane to Howard The Duck, but as we move into the future of theater projection we need to convert our theater to DCP. DCP stands for Digital Cinema Package. It is the new standard in movie projection and by 2014 all major movie studios will only deliver films in DCP. Right now, two major studios are only doing DCP screenings which means there are tons of great movies that we would love to screen but cannot. Crowd favorites include:
Princess Bride
Say Anything
Alien & Aliens
Dangerous Minds
Adventures In Babysitting
Mannequin 2: On The Move (Jason's favorite)
True Lies
Sister Act & Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit
Cocktail
Point Break
The Last Of The Mohicans
Return To Oz
and hundreds more!

Central Cinema's KICKSTARTER campaign is to raise the funds to convert our theater to DCP, and we need your help to make this a reality. State of the art digital projectors are expensive, and we would have to save up for a long time to afford the equipment we need. The trouble is that we need to do this in the next six months before Hollywood shuts off the supply of non-DCP movies. If you can help us get over the hump with the new projector then we will bust our butts to make the shows that much better for you.

Reward Update: A YEAR OF MOVIES pass is now TWO YEARS OF MOVIES. We felt the passes needed to be balanced better with the punchcard rewards so we extended their time. We are willing to pay the movie fees over time if we can raise the money now for the project. Don't worry if you have already picked up a Year of Movies Pass, it will automatically be upgraded to Two Years of Movies.

the DCP projector we need
the DCP projector we need

A DCP system will also take the picture and sound quality of our shows to the next level. Whether it's a screening of a Technicolor Classic, a Cult Favorite, or one of our own Sing-Along events, the new systems will make everything more gorgeous on the screen. Brighter brights and vibrant colors all smothered in delicious caramel!

the Central Cinema crew
the Central Cinema crew

Here at Central Cinema we love movies, and we love watching them with friends while yummy food and great drinks are brought by the wonderful servers. We started Central Cinema to bring more fun to the CD neighborhood. For the past eight years we have used our scrappy ingenuity to build our own DIY movie system for getting the show on the screen. In fact we built the whole place ourselves on the bones of our old art studio. It has been great fun building a totally home-made movie theater, but now it is time to go big and take the Cinema to the next level.

Meter Music School performs at the Central District Holiday Party
Meter Music School performs at the Central District Holiday Party

Central Cinema continues to support the local community with projects such as the Central District Holiday Party, high school student Mia Roberson's senior project, The Black & Beautiful Film Festival and the Central District Garden Tour. We look forward to continuing special events such as these and screening all the movies that you want to see!

Neighborhood Block Party
Neighborhood Block Party

What We Need
We have been talking with Miles McRae over at McRae Theater Equipment in Fremont. Miles got us going with our first screen eight years ago as an upgrade from showing movies on the wall. If you want a person who can set you up right, Miles is the guy to talk to. We have our eye on a Barco projector and a DCP digital media storage block. If we are able to raise any extra money we have our eyes on a Datasat(nee DTS) digital audio processor and some other sound system upgrades that will really make the room sing. There will also be a number of cables and support bits to hook everything together. The new projector is significantly larger than what we have so we will need to construct a new support and housing to fit it. We will also need to pay Miles for his time to connect and configure everything into a cohesive system. We have determined that a fundraising effort of $60,000 plus what we are kicking in will buy us the ideal system to fit Central Cinema for all of the different types of events that happen here.

Please help us meet this goal so we can expand our repertoire and continue making our unique brand of entertainment for you.

Risks and challenges

If we do not make our funding goal then we will have to find another way of making the DCP conversion happen. In the current economy the banks are still quite hard to work with and equipment lease deals are approaching usury. An upgrade of this size is too large to put on our line of credit and credit card rates are out of the question. We may be able to work out a loan arrangement eventually but the best option is still to have the fans of the Cinema help us with this Kickstarter.

Currently there is a backlog of orders for DCP systems as independent theaters everywhere are being pushed to upgrade all at the same time. The sooner we can get an equipment order put in the better shape we will be for getting a timely delivery.

We will need to build a new support and housing since the new projector is much larger and heavier than our current one. Making sure the housing is built to the right size before the projector arrives will have to be carefully coordinated to make sure there are no surprises when we go to put the new gear inside.

The changeover will be a complicated dance as we will try to keep the theater open as much as possible during the installation. We may not be able to have both our old and new systems in operation simultaneously so we may need to close briefly while everything is tuned and tested. Careful planning of how each piece interconnects will keep this as smooth as possible.

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    Pledge $11 or more About $11

    Nigel says to turn it up to 11...
    We'll send you a volume dial button commemorating your donation and a pass to see any movie at Central Cinema in the next year.
    We figured out that if each of our facebook friends donated $11 this campaign would be funded and done. Lets turn up that dial just a little bit more...

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    5 MOVIE PUNCHCARD - Pledge $27 and we'll give you a punchcard good for 5 movies. At only $5.40 a movie it's less than our regular advance price!

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    11 MOVIE PUNCHCARD - Pledge $55 and we'll give you a punchcard good for 11 movies. At only $5 a movie it's a throwback to our 2005 prices!

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    Central Cinema embroidered Beany and an 11 Movie Punchcard - Pledge $77 and we'll give a toasty warm knit beany with our movie screen embroidered on it and a punchcard good for 11 movies. You get a super deal on movies and something stylish to keep the rain off your head.

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    DATE NIGHT SPECIAL Two 11 MOVIE PUNCHCARDs - Pledge $110 and we'll give you TWO punchcards good for 11 movies each. At only $5 a movie it's a throwback to our 2005 prices! Double up on our best value punchcard for a bunch of amazing double-dates...

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    "I Kicked it to 11 at Central Cinema" T-shirt, "Turn it up to 11" button, and a 11-movie punch card. Show the whole neighborhood that you helped make it happen at Central Cinema. We are making some badass sexy t-shirts for our friends that help us and, you get to see a pile of movies.

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    A YEAR OF POPCORN - Yes, you read that right, get a pass for a years worth of popcorn. Central Co-op gets us the good Organic Popcorn and we melt real butter on it. This is NOT your industrial fake yellow stuff but REAL Popcorn. Get your popcorn delivered to your table at a movie and flash your Popcorn Pass! Your pass is good for one year from the launch of our DCP system.

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    A YEAR OF POPCORN & SEXY T-SHIRT: Yes, you read that right, get a pass for a years worth of popcorn. Central Co-op gets us the good Organic Popcorn and we melt real butter on it. This is NOT your industrial fake yellow stuff but REAL Popcorn. Get your popcorn delivered to your table at a movie and flash your Popcorn Pass! Your pass is good for one year from the launch of our DCP system, and you get a fab t-shirt designed for us by artist Derek Erdman. Munch some popcorn in style!

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    A MONTH OF NEWSLETTER ADS - We send out our e-mail newsletter every Thursday to over 6400 people who are looking for a fun night out. If you have something of local interest that you would like the Cinema audience to hear about, we will give you a sidebar block for 4 consecutive newsletters.

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    YOUR THEME HAPPY HOUR - Central Cinema has Happy Hour every day from 5:30 til 6:30. Pledge $222 and you can choose the theme of one of our Happy Hours. We'll build one of our quirky Happy Hour programs based on your theme.
    We'll reserve seats and make special appetizer platters for 22 of your friends. We'll also design a special pizza du jour named after you and make 22 slices for your group. You will be able to introduce your theme from the stage and we'll run a 30 second message of your choice on the screen. (Happy Hour will still be open to the public so you can invite many more friends)

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    A YEAR OF MOVIES - Early Donor version!

    Be one of the first people to jump on this, and we'll give you a pass for as many movies as you want to see in a year. The pass is good from one year after the new DCP system goes live.

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    SUPER DOUBLE DATE - TWO 11-MOVIE PUNCHCARDS, A YEAR OF POPCORN & SEXY T-SHIRT: Yes, you read that right, get a pass for a years worth of popcorn. Central Co-op gets us the good Organic Popcorn and we melt real butter on it. This is NOT your industrial fake yellow stuff but REAL Popcorn. Get your popcorn delivered to your table at a movie and flash your Popcorn Pass! Your pass is good for one year from the launch of our DCP system, and you get a fab t-shirt designed for us by artist Derek Erdman, plus 2 punchcards good for 11 movies each(22 movies total). Munch some popcorn in style with your sweetie!

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    A YEAR OF MOVIES - We'll give you a pass for as many movies as you want to see in a year. Make every night a double-feature. The pass is good until one year from when the new DCP system goes live.

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    TWO YEARS OF MOVIES - We'll give you a pass for as many movies as you want to see in a TWO YEARS. Make every night a double-feature. The pass is good until two years from when the new DCP system goes live. If you have already picked up a One Year Pass, Don't Worry! All of the passes are being upgraded to Two Years.

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    A YEAR OF MOVIES WITH SEXY T-SHIRT - We'll give you a pass for as many movies as you want to see in a year. Make every night a double-feature. The pass is good until one year from when the new DCP system goes live...AND and super sexy Central Cinema T-shirt designed by local artist Derek Erdman!

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    TWO YEARS OF MOVIES WITH SEXY T-SHIRT - We'll give you a pass for as many movies as you want to see in Two Years. Make every night a double-feature. The pass is good until two years from when the new DCP system goes live...AND and super sexy Central Cinema T-shirt designed by local artist Derek Erdman!
    If you have already picked up a One Year of Movies Pass, Don't Worry! All One Year Passes are being upgraded to Two Year Passes.

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    FILM MAKER CAST & CREW SCREENING - Got a project you are working on and need to show it off to the crew and/or investors? Use Central Cinema to make your work look good! By helping us fund this DCP project we will have state of the art digital projection and sound. You will have 2-1/2 hours of afternoon time to light up our screen with your project. ($500 value)

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    ON SCREEN SPONSORSHIP - Central Cinema does not show ads before the movies, but we'll make an exception this time. We'll run a 30 second promo for your business, band, cause, or ego before every show for a month. We can probably help you put something together, or we can line you up with a talented crew. (Local businesses only, no corp. or national ads)

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    SUPER 22 COMBO - YOUR THEME HAPPY HOUR & TWO YEAR MOVIE PASS - Central Cinema has Happy Hour every day from 5:30 til 6:30. You can choose the theme of one of our Happy Hours. We'll build one of our quirky Happy Hour programs based on your theme. We'll reserve seats and make special appetizer platters for 22 of your friends. We'll also design a special pizza du jour named after you and make 22 slices for your group. You will be able to introduce your theme from the stage and we'll run a 30 second message of your choice on the screen. (Happy Hour will still be open to the public so you can invite many more friends)
    AND at this level you will also receive a TWO YEARS OF MOVIES PASS. Keep the party going with this long term pass after your Happy Hour Party.

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    PLACE OF HONOR - at this level we will name a booth seat in your honor by permanently placing a plaque on the table. You will be announced as one of our best supporters at Cinema events. We will also give you a "Year of Movies" pass and a sexy t-shirt.

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    LOCAL BIZ PROMO PACK - at this level we will name a booth seat in your honor by permanently placing a plaque on the table, run an on-screen promo for a month, run a side ad in our newsletter for a month, AND an your ad on our advance tickets for a month. Central Cinema does not show ads before the movies, but we'll make an exception this time. We'll run a 30 second promo for your business, band, cause, or ego before every show for a month. We can probably help you put something together, or we can line you up with a talented crew. (Local businesses only, no corp. or national ads)

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