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Imagine if you will, a permanent space in DC, in which the love of cinema is fostered and cultivated through daily screenings.
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What is Suns Cinema?

For years we’ve dreamed of opening a small repertory cinema in Washington DC. While the District has no shortage of movie theaters showing today's big blockbusters, wouldn't it be great if you could walk down Mt. Pleasant Street and catch daily screenings of provocative and engaging cinema? Our dream is to create such a place - Suns Cinema.

Our concept began with "Uncle David's Film Nights" - nights where locals would gather in a strange home to eat, drink, and sit on couches or floors to watch strange movies, projected onto a white sheet. These nights were notoriously long, enlightening, joyful, and often weird. Libations were imbibed, and ideas were created. These evenings prompted the birth of an idea - a permanent space that would truly enhance our city and our community. The neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant could become even more interesting if people could easily be exposed to the art of rare, foreign, and forgotten films.

Well, now we’ve found a location!

After years of searching for a suitable venue, we've signed a lease for a space ideally located on Mt. Pleasant street, just a few blocks away from the Columbia Heights Metro Station. 

And, while the space is great, it’s going to require a lot of work. The location was previously set up for retail and will have to be totally repurposed for use as a theater. As with any theater, we will need to install projection equipment, seating, proper lighting and the sound dampening system necessary to be a responsible neighbor. Beyond this, we hope to make Suns Cinema a relaxing and comfortable venue and will need to update the facilities. We also have to navigate our way through the city's regulations and licensing which takes time and money. This is where we need your help!

What you should expect from Suns

Although obtaining screening rights can be difficult and often expensive, we plan on programming great movies - some obscure, some familiar, all interesting. However, there are no plans to limit the screenings and events to movies only. We also plan to screen vintage television, animated shorts, and classic sportscasts while collaborating with local chefs and bartenders to bring creative food and beverage pairings to these features.

Our vision is to offer programming similar to this:

This is a mock-up calendar. NOT ACTUAL SHOWTIMES
This is a mock-up calendar. NOT ACTUAL SHOWTIMES

Why you should be involved

We want this place to be part of the neighborhood, as well as the city. Mt. Pleasant has an identity of being artistic, diverse, and politically involved. We'd like Suns to be an extension of these ideas. 

As neighborhoods in cities across the country change, it's easy for places to lose their character. Often, major chains come in and hinder small businesses, adding very little to the enrichment of a community. That's part of the reason we want the community involved from the onset. We want to give you the opportunity to be a part of this project, and reward you for sharing in our dream of making Suns Cinema a reality. With your help, Suns Cinema will be a great addition to the neighborhood and D.C. as a whole!

All Four Posters... for now
All Four Posters... for now
 

Risks and challenges

The timeline of this project is at the mercy of the city, and the speed at which it chooses to grant permits and inspections. That being said, we are working our hardest to have Suns Cinema open as quickly as possible without sacrificing the quality and safety of the space.

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    8 ½:

    We’ll place your name in our Donor Appreciation Video that will air before feature presentations during our first month of screenings.

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    28 DOLLARS LATER:

    3 Free Tickets. Plus previous benefits.

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    50 SHADES OF GREEN:

    TV dinner special for 2 people (2 non-alcoholic beverages, 2 TV dinners, and 1 Popcorn). 2 more Free Tickets (5 total). Plus previous benefits.

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    AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DOLLARS:

    A custom, limited edition, 11” x 17” Suns Cinema Color Poster designed by our in house designer. (1 of 4, chosen at random) Plus previous benefits.

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    101 DONATIONS:

    Suns Tote Bag filled with gifts including, among other things, movie passes and popcorn tickets. A fistful of 5 more Tickets. (10 Tickets total). Plus previous benefits.

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    FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE:

    The Collection of all (4) custom, limited edition, 11” x 17” Suns Cinema Color Posters! Plus previous benefits.

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    200 CIGARETTES:

    Get 2 Free Tickets for a Special VIP Event of your choice! Occasionally, we’ll host screenings with special guests. This could be a local Chef, Brewer, or Mixologist offering a pairing to the movie screening (as these events will be limited, seats will be reserved in the order they're requested). Plus previous benefits.

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    300:

    Give an on screen shout out! Say hello to a friend or loved one (or yourself) in one of our pre-feature animations. You can even chose the date. Sorry, not available to businesses. Plus previous benefits.

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    THE 400 DOUGHS:

    A movie a week! You’ll receive a total of 52 Tickets - that’s one for every week of the year! Plus previous benefits.

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    500 PAYS OF SUMMER:

    We’ll name a seat after you! Literally, we’ll attach a plaque to the back of one of our seats with your engraved name. While, this doesn’t guarantee a reserved seat, you can feel good knowing that whoever is sitting in your seat is indebted to you.
    Plus previous benefits.

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    HOUSE OF 1,000 COIN PURSES:

    An invitation (+1) to Suns Grand Opening Party. We will also build you a Build-a-Bear in the likeness of a famous film icon of our choice (Scorsese, Spike Lee, Lolita, Indiana Jones, etc.). Plus previous benefits.

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    THE MAGNIFICENT 1,500:

    You'll basically never pay for a movie at Suns. Just let us know when you'd like to come by, and you're in. Plus previous benefits.

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    2001, A SUNS ODYSSEY:

    Screen your own movie! You can pick a movie, pick a date, and pick your guests. Some restrictions apply*. Plus previous benefits.

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