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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 8 2014 4:00 AM UTC +00:00
$2,607
pledged of 18.000 $pledged of 18.000 $ goal
80
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 8 2014 4:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

The History

In the heyday of the drive-in theater, just shy of a dozen of these movie mammoths graced Tucson. Families piled into cars to go see the latest flick. Relationships flourished in the glow of of the giant screen. Slowly over the decades as land prices became a premium, indoor venues began to take over the movie scene until just one drive-in remained in Pima County. Originally the Cactus Drive-In Theatre, it was renamed the DeAnza in 1977 and kept the name until its destruction in 2009. Many mourned the downfall of Tucson's last drive-in theater. As a result the Cactus Drive-In Theater Foundation was formed, and its Facebook page blossomed to nearly 1500 followers since April 2014.

The Cause

The Cactus Drive-In Theater Foundation is a nonprofit in Tucson, AZ, with the intention of bringing the drive-in theater tradition back to our town. Our ultimate goal is to establish a permanent, community-owned drive-in theater in Pima County. This Kickstarter project will bring us one step closer to fulfilling that dream. 

The Kickstarter Project

The funds raised through this project will go towards the purchase of a large inflatable movie screen, high-quality movie projector, and generator. These materials, paired with our FM transmitter and authentic restored drive-in movie speakers, will allow us to host "pop up" drive-in movie events throughout Pima County (anywhere lighting and space conditions allow). This "pop-up" model is currently being implemented successfully in Punta Gorda, Florida to show monthly drive-in movies for their community, so we are confident it will also be a success for Pima County! As we are a nonprofit, much of your contribution is tax deductible and goes a long way to realizing the dream of a drive-in for our county.

The Future

When we acquire a permanent location for a drive-in, we can continue to use the inflatable screen for several years. A special movie projector is required to show new, first-run movies (which is not in the scope of this Kickstarter project). Other infrastructure (a permanent snack bar, flush toilets, etc.) can be added over time.

The Rewards

For Drivers: Show your support with a bumper sticker! This reward will send a message to fellow drivers that your car deserves the treat of a relaxing drive-in movie.

For Movie Goers: For $15, $20, $39, or $100, you can get admission to one or more of our "pop up" drive-in events! Our aim is to host a wide range of movies in various locations throughout Pima County, so if you live anywhere in the Tucson area, this is bound to be a good deal for you and a car load of friends!

For Clothing Wearers: The $25 and $39 tiers include a t-shirt with the original Cactus Drive-In Theatre logo in green on the front of the shirt.

 For Business Owners: Imagine your advertisement (or any family-friendly shout-out) emblazoned on a giant outdoor screen in front of a captive audience prior to a feature film. We'll include your advertisement prior to at LEAST ten events. This comes out to less than $5 per event for a still image on a repeating loop, or $20 per event for a video advertisement immediately before the film!

 For Vintage Drive-In Theater Buffs: These vintage speakers and display poles are hand-restored by board member George Cohn, who has decades of experience nursing these abandoned speakers back to life. These speakers are not replicas but actual speakers from the heyday of the drive-in era. The speakers may have once played the sounds of classics from Gone With the Wind to Star Wars. These rare pieces of Americana can be used with your home theater system or put on display at car shows or antique fairs. Each speaker will come in its original metal hue or the color(s) of your preference (red, off-white, blue, and dark grey).

 For Your Own Drive-In Experience: Have you always wanted to see your favorite movie on the big screen again? Now's your chance! At the $2000 tier you can choose the movie for one of our events! (Not all movies in existence are available for licensing due to studio re-releases, etc. While most movies greater than a year out of the theater are available, if you have a specific movie in mind please contact us as to availability.) If you want to make it a private party, $5000 will allow you to not only pick the movie, but the guests as well! Invite as many or as few people as you want, so long as the space can accommodate them. Popcorn is included, and we'll try our best to make it a night to remember for whatever occasion you're celebrating.

FAQ

What are the legalities of showing older films in a public setting?

You can't just show any movie in public without paying a commission to the studios. DVD's are typically sold for "private performance only," For a private party on private property and no charge for admission, you can pretty much show any DVD in your collection. However, for public events - whether you charge admission or not - movies must be licensed through one of the companies that license films for public performance such as Criterion or Swank. Some movies available for public presentation require that you pay the studios a percentage of the admission fee. This is typically true with films from the Disney studios as well as a few others. All movies that we show to the public are properly licensed.

What kind of movies do you plan to show?  

Primarily family friendly - but not necessarily limited to G or PG.  

What kind of movies can I show at a private party?

Anything you want, as long as you own the DVD!

Risks and challenges

Due to our experience hosting a few pop up drive-in events in the past (using a wall and borrowed projector), we feel confident that most of the kinks have been worked out.

After funding, our main challenge will be to find a variety of locations throughout Pima County with appropriate space and lighting conditions to host a drive-in movie. While a handful of locations have already been found, we want to have as much variety as possible to cater to movie goers throughout the area.

As for evolving beyond the pop up model, we continue to be in contact with permanent drive-in theater operators throughout the country. Their guidance and support will be instrumental in establishing a successful permanent theater in the future.

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    ALL backers will be thanked on the big screen at our drive-in movie nights!

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    BUMPER STICKER: A bumper sticker with the "Cactus Drive-In Theater" logo will be sent to you.

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    Early Bird Special: MOVIE + SNACK PACK: Admission for one vehicle to a drive-in movie, plus popcorn and theater size candy to munch on while you enjoy the show!

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    COMBO PACK: Enjoy ALL of the above rewards (movie admission, snack pack, bumper sticker AND t-shirt) for the price of a family outing to a regular theater!

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    ADVERTISING: Submit a business logo (or shout out to friends) to be shown on the big screen before a feature film! Your ad will be shown at a minimum of TEN events.

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    MOVIE BUFF: Admission for one vehicle to TEN Cactus Drive-In events.

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    One original restored drive-in speaker! This 50+ year old vintage marvel is in working order and custom colored to your liking. See description for more details.

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    A pair of original restored drive-in speakers complete with hanger box and display pole! These 50+ year old vintage marvels are in working order and custom colored to your liking. See description for more details.

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    YOU PICK THE MOVIE! That's right, for one of our drive-in events, YOU will get to pick what the feature film is! (Restrictions apply, see details please.)

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    DRIVE-IN PARTY: This is a private party for you and all your friends! You pick the movie and we will supply the equipment and popcorn. The number of guests is subject only to the size of the location! (Restrictions apply, see details please.)

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