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Reconstructing the Warner Bros. first permanent theatre - a nickelodeon called The Cascade - as a permanent exhibit in our facility!
Reconstructing the Warner Bros. first permanent theatre - a nickelodeon called The Cascade - as a permanent exhibit in our facility!
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***VIDEO PENDING*** In 1907, the Warner Brothers opened their first permanent theatre - a nickelodeon called "The Cascade" that primarily served the working class movie-going public of New Castle, Pennsylvania.  They went on to open two more theatres, including a twenty five cent screening room for the gentry. From there, we all know the story.  They went on to become one of the most internationally recognized names in film distribution. More than a century later, a non-profit organization called the Warner Film Center is in the process of redeveloping the original location to honor the Warners' legacy and the legacy of film in New Castle.   

While we are seeking other sources of funding for the museum itself, its important to us that the New Castle community and the movie-loving community the world over support the recreation of the original nickelodeon exhibit. The nickelodeon will be recreated to be as close to the original as possible, down to the films shown, though modern safety code necessitates there will be fewer seats. We are asking for $23,128, which is the population of our city.  

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You'll be happy to know that the WFC has already signed a lease for the space and put in place other fundraisers to address needs not able to be met my kickstarter.com. We've also already commissioned, paid for, and chosen the final blueprint (the work was done by the same company that the Warner Bros. originally commissioned to do their theatres, Eckles Architecture). Your donation will go toward the actual construction of the exhibit. While it's possible we could run into construction delays, we feel very strongly that we are poised to succeed and we expect the Nickelodeon exhibit will be completed as planned and open to the public in 2014.

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    All prior rewards plus a DVD signed by Cass Warner, granddaughter of Harry Warner, plus a year membership to the Warner Film Center, starting from opening date.

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    All prior rewards plus a signed copy of Cass Warner's book, THE BROTHERS WARNER, plus a year family of four membership to the Warner Film Center, starting from opening date.

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