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New pledges are still welcome to help us optimize your filmgoing experience and spruce up our cozy theater!
New pledges are still welcome to help us optimize your filmgoing experience and spruce up our cozy theater!
1,023 backers pledged $68,895 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Jamie Dutton on September 4, 2013

      One of my local theatres is looking to do some upgrades as well, if ya'll want to take a look:

    2. Creator Jamie Dutton on April 16, 2013

      Are ya'll all right?

    3. Creator Rick Alpern on March 25, 2013

      Great update Paul. Sounds emotional but in a good way. Good luck finishing up tomorrow! Godspeed!

    4. Creator Mark Medina on March 23, 2013

      Thanks so much for the ET screening today... My BFF's girls never saw it before... They loved it. It also brought back memories for me as well!!!!

    5. Creator julie dougherty (deleted) on March 23, 2013

      glad to hear the equipment is coming in! happy for your success ...

    6. Creator Melanie Griffin on March 20, 2013

      one of those who lost their keycard. Would greatly appreciate a replacement. Thanks!

    7. Creator Marcia Nickerson on March 19, 2013

      Hi Paul,
      Never received a reward package. Sent you an email about it. Did you get the email? Who do I contact about it?


    8. Creator Scott St Pierre on February 21, 2013

      Very cool, Paul. Wish I was in the area to reap some of those bonus rewards, but definitely glad to help out all the same. Good luck with everything!

    9. Creator Susan Major on January 15, 2013

      Fantastic news! Well done by everyone involved.

    10. Creator julie dougherty (deleted) on January 15, 2013

      wonderful news, congratulations! Salem is lucky to have its very own cinema... see you during the film fest...

    11. Creator Jamie Dutton on January 14, 2013

      Yay, Congrats on getting funded and new sound equip too! So glad to have helped even if it's just a little bit.

    12. Creator Jack E. Treehorn on January 14, 2013

      You're over 68K now Paul, proud to say I took it "over the line!" quote Lebowski of course...can't wait to hear the new sound systems.

    13. Creator Jamie Dutton on January 10, 2013

      Sweet, getting close to some shiny new surround sound equipment for ya'll!

    14. Creator Rick Alpern on January 3, 2013

      Way to go Paul! Meant to get to his sooner. All of us @ Single Source are rooting for you!

    15. Creator Jamie Dutton on December 15, 2012

      Congratulations! :D

    16. Creator roberta clement on December 15, 2012

      Congratulations and well deserved!

    17. Creator The Carmer Family on December 15, 2012

      Let's try for the new sound system!

    18. Creator Jennifer Evans on December 15, 2012

      We needed this wonderful news today. Thanks for letting us know and keep up the good work. Cinema Salem is clearly appreciated by the community.

    19. Creator Tammy on December 15, 2012

      Success! Yay!

    20. Creator Steve Clay on December 15, 2012


    21. Creator Jess H. on December 14, 2012

      So close! I check this Kickstarter every day!

    22. Creator Matthew Oliver on December 13, 2012

      Paul you are a hero if and when you pull this off, You will be saving part of the community and we from Salem State University thank you for what you are doing, also have you considered sending recruiters for help our way? Most of the school may not know of CinemaSalem.

    23. Creator John Henkelman on December 13, 2012

      Extremely happy to see this goal will be made with time to spare.

    24. Creator Chris Morley on December 13, 2012

      Down to just over $6,000 to go and still 32 days left! I am so proud of my community (and those who simple appreciate a locally owned cinema).

    25. Creator Jamie Dutton on December 13, 2012

      Sweet, just 7100 from your goal AND you made the front page! Congrats!

    26. Creator Tammy on December 11, 2012

      79%. Best of luck in reaching your goal, CinemaSalem! Downtown Salem really needs you!

    27. Creator Bruce Whear on December 11, 2012

      "The richest man is the one with friends" Paul Van Ness exemplifies just that.Proudly support this vital Salem institution.Won't you join me in giving back to the organization who has givin so much to others.Merry Christmas Paul.

    28. Creator Ellen Wilson on December 10, 2012

      The local indie theater in my town (Mobile, AL) recently had a successful Kickstarter campaign. It was fully funded before I had a chance to donate, so I decided to pass that donation along to another theater in another town. Good luck!

    29. Creator Nick Finn on December 9, 2012

      Wow already 75% of the way there. I've always liked going to the theater, it's one of the best parts of downtown Salem like many others have said. Maybe if you get enough money you can get one of those Dolby Atmos systems, although I have no idea how much that would cost ha.

    30. Creator Ben Waxman on December 9, 2012

      Cinema Salem is a downtown gem. They support our community by donating to our vital services and add to the vibrant downtown scene -- an economic multiplier. Can't afford to lose this community asset.

    31. Creator heather on December 7, 2012

      My husband and I LOVE CinemaSalem. I really cannot imagine Salem without it. One of our favorite memories of CinemaSalem is going to a showing of President Obama's Inauguration. It was such a wonderful experience. We have seen so many movies at CinemaSalem as well, and going there is such a treat. Looking forward to many, many more visits. Good luck!

    32. Creator Deanna Equality Deloreto on December 6, 2012

      I love this theatre and I love this community. 554 backers and counting? You guys deserve it! Thank you for remaining an awesome independant theater in a time where everything is a big boring chain.

    33. Creator Drew Anderson on December 6, 2012

      I grew up in Salem and have seen hundreds of films at this venue. I always loved sitting in the theater before the screening starts and being personally welcomed by a staff member. The best was when my friends and I chose CinemaSalem to see the midnight premiere of 'The Dark Knight' in the Summer of 2008. Before the show, the staff member adressed us by saying, "I had to watch this movie last night to make sure the reel worked...this is the most amazing movie I've ever seen." The place erupted with cheers. Classic.

    34. Creator mkb218 on December 6, 2012

      Will you still have film equipment for showing old movies from time to time?

    35. Creator Nick Brandestini on December 6, 2012

      Of course I am supporting this! My documentary Darwin screened at your cinema during the Salem Film Fest earlier this year. I had a wonderful time there, and I want traditional cinemas like yours to survive.

    36. Creator Claire and Craig Venezia on December 5, 2012

      We love Salem Cinema. Have done numerous birthday parties here for our kids, and we love going to see all the great films. Animated films for the kids and Oscar shorts for us, plus a staff that's always friendly -- you can't find that at the chain cinemas. Let's keep this awesome independent theater going!

    37. Creator Michelle Liming on December 5, 2012

      Salem Cinema has always been so accommodating to the students at Embark. We enjoy the theater and your hospitality every time we is one of our favorite field trips. Good luck with this endeavor.

    38. Creator Michael Connell on December 5, 2012

      There's only one traditional movie theater left where I live and if it ever were in trouble I'd donate what I could to save it, so here's my little contribution. Good luck and Merry Christmas!!

    39. Creator Joseph Martineau on December 5, 2012

      Every time there's been a movie I've wanted to see that's been playing here, I've made the effort to go here over anywhere else. The current ownership has done so much for this theater over the previous owners not only maintaining the integrity of the theater, but also showing support for the community as well.

    40. Creator Tracy Majka on December 5, 2012

      I'll never forget going to see Indiana Jones 4 -- your projectionist came out dressed as Indiana Jones and made us all sing the theme song before starting the movie. Too funny (and one of many reasons why we love CinemaSalem). Hope you can stay.

    41. Creator Juli & Walt Lederhaus on December 5, 2012

      I've lived here long enough to remember when the theater was closed for at least a year. It was a black hole that has been filled with life ever since Paul has taken over. We need to keep this place in business. I'd love to see him raise even more so he can do some other improvements to the facility. Let's go, Salem!

    42. Creator Nathan Powers on December 5, 2012

      First opened as a Sack Cinema, this theatre was the FIRST theatre in the United States to have an arcade. While the arcade is long gone CinemaSalem has grown that cinema beyond what any past owner has and made it truly unique. It has become a community hub and a valuable asset to Salem. Without this anchor in downtown I feel its effects would be felt among all the non-seasonal businesses downtown. This is the perfect chance for any resident of Salem to feel a bit of ownership of something important to the community.

    43. Creator Jared Robinson & Erin Cyr on December 5, 2012

      wow, $24,000! It was only at $2000 yesterday!

    44. Creator Matthew Hoover on December 5, 2012

      I'm glad I could do a little part to save a great movie theater. It is a shame we have lost so many classic movie theaters. I'm hopefully optimistic that you will reach your goal and the CinemaSalem will be around for generations to come!

    45. Creator Scott St Pierre on December 5, 2012

      3000 likes on facebook and only 300 backers here so far. If all those likes pitched in $ 20 this would be taken care of. Good luck Folks!

    46. Creator Michael Drinan on December 5, 2012

      CinemaSalem was one of many businesses in the community that made me fall in love with Salem! I had to help out because its my favorite theater and it does so much for the community! Me and my girlfriend try and see movies here almost every week and is one of the few places to watch indie movies you wouldn't normally hear about.

    47. Creator Dom Portalla on December 5, 2012

      I remember seeing "Saving Private Ryan" back when I lived in Salem and this was a $1 movie theater. Don't want to live in a world ruled by multiplexes, so I hope my small contribution helps! Good luck reaching your goal and please continue to entertain the masses in one of the greatest towns in New England!!

    48. Creator Jamie Dutton on December 5, 2012

      I'm from Oklahoma, but as a fellow movie-lover I just had to pitch in!
      Have ya'll thought of offering postcards of your downtown area or buttons? Doesn't have to be fancy or anything. I'm sure I'm not the only who has a very nice collection of Kickstarter postcards and buttons going. I hope you can reach your goal!