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In order to stay current as a 501(c)3 non-profit cinematic art house, we must transition to the new digital technology. Read more

Paducah, KY Theater
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This project was successfully funded on June 11, 2013.

In order to stay current as a 501(c)3 non-profit cinematic art house, we must transition to the new digital technology.

Paducah, KY Theater
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In 1991 the Paducah Film Society was born.  A group of area folks came together, mourning the absense of independent and foreign film in the region.  They began showcasing one film a month called "Sundays at the Cinema" and it became quite a success.  This went on for 10 years and it became apparent that a permanent home was necessary.  After a capital campaign and a lot of community support Maiden Alley Cinema (MAC) was born.  Even though Paducah is the largest city in Western Kentucky, it is by no means a metropolis.  MAC is part of the cultural fabric that makes our town unique.  We are here for the community and because of it.  That is why we have every confidence that the digital transition will happen.

Audience for a Music @ MAC event
Audience for a Music @ MAC event

Photo courtesy John Paul Henry Photography.

In an attempt to draw new audiences and create new opportunities for entertainment, many new programs were added in the past four years and MAC is thriving.  However, the amount of money required to upgrade the new technology is about half our annual operating budget.  And the upgrade IS NOT an option.  We have to purchase the digital system or we don't get to play the films to which you have become accustomed.

JD Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers - Music @ MAC / photo by John Paul Henry Photography)
JD Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers - Music @ MAC / photo by John Paul Henry Photography)

We want everyone to get involved with this mission because it is so very important. Every donation is appreciated, so please don't hesitate to give whatever you can and thank you for supporting independent cinema.

Commemorative Print for donors at $300 level and above - By Andrew Evitts
Commemorative Print for donors at $300 level and above - By Andrew Evitts

A great way to put this transition into perspective is to look back 11 years, when Maiden Alley Cinema first opened.  A used 35mm projector was purchased for $30,000.  It has served us well and we intend to keep it in addition to our upgrade.

In order to keep a bit of cinema history we are dedicated to keeping our 35mm projector in addition to the new equipment. Many are choosing to dispose of these monsters that will easily be an acquired taste in years to come as a nostalgic look back at the way things were.

Paducah Life features the River's Edge International Film Festival
Paducah Life features the River's Edge International Film Festival

Risks and challenges

While we are hopeful that we will raise the funds necessary on our own, we realize it is a LOT of money to acquire. The only risk we see if raising the funds, because once we hit our goal, this WILL happen. It was intentional not to use scare tactics in our request for support as we will find the money no matter what. We would just be so proud and appreciative to say that we raised it ourselves and through grass roots efforts.

OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $90,000.00 FOR A COMPLETE UPGRADE, HOWEVER WE ARE SETTING OUR GOAL LOWER FOR OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN. I WOULD LOVE TO PROVE THAT WE CAN RAISE IT ALL WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY!!!

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    Our eternal gratitude and the knowledge of helping Maiden Alley Cinema stay current with changing trends.

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    A handwritten thank you note and 1 free pass to any of our regularly scheduled programming, along with a free small popcorn and drink.

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    A handwritten thank you note and 1 free pass to any of our regularly scheduled programming, along with a free small popcorn and drink. You will also receive a free t-shirt from our Oktoberfest celebration or River's Edge International Film Festival.

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    A handwritten thank you note and 2 free passes to our regularly scheduled programming, along with two large popcorns and drinks. You will also receive a free t-shirt from our Oktoberfest celebration or River's Edge International Film Festival. Donors at this level will also get a one sheet movie poster from the past 10 years.

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    A handwritten thank you note and 4 free passes to see a film during our regularly scheduled programming, along with 4 large popcorns and drinks. You will also receive a free t-shirt from our Oktoberfest celebration or River's Edge International Film Festival. Donors at this level will also get a one sheet movie poster from the past 10 years.

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    A handwritten thank you note and 10 free passes to see a film during our regularly scheduled programming, along with four bottomless large popcorns and drinks. You will also receive a free t-shirt from our Oktoberfest celebration or River's Edge International Film Festival. Donors at this level will also get a one sheet movie poster from the past 10 years. In addition to our praise, you will also receive a commemorative print celebrating your gift.

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    A handwritten thank you note and 15 free passes to see a film during our regularly scheduled programming, along with 5 bottomless large popcorns and drinks. You will also receive two free t-shirts from our Oktoberfest celebration or River's Edge International Film Festival. Donors at this level will also get a one sheet movie poster from the past 10 years. Six months of on-screen advertising is available for you or your business. Celebrate someone's birthday or promote your business. We'll put whatever message your choose on our big screen (within reason). In addition to our praise, you will also receive a commemorative print celebrating your gift.

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    A handwritten thank you note and 26-visit punch card to see films during our regularly scheduled programming. You will also receive three free t-shirts from our Oktoberfest celebration or River's Edge International Film Festival. Donors at this level will also get a one sheet movie poster from the past 10 years. One year of on-screen advertising is available for you or your business. Celebrate someone's birthday or promote your business. We'll put whatever message your choose on our big screen (within reason). You also get 10 free passes to the River's Edge International Film Festival. In addition to our praise, you will also receive a commemorative print celebrating your gift.

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    1 backer

    A handwritten thank you note and 26-visit punch card to see films during our regularly scheduled programming. You will also receive three free t-shirts from our Oktoberfest celebration or River's Edge International Film Festival. Donors at this level will also get a one sheet movie poster from the past 10 years. You will also receive a 30 second commercial spot for you or your business. Celebrate someone's birthday or promote your business. We'll put whatever message your choose on our big screen (within reason). You also get 10 free passes to the River's Edge International Film Festival. In addition to our praise, you will also receive a commemorative print celebrating your gift.

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    A handwritten thank you note and one 52-visit punch card to see films during our regularly scheduled programming. You will also receive four free t-shirts from our Oktoberfest celebration or River's Edge International Film Festival. Donors at this level will also get a one sheet movie poster from the past 10 years. You will also receive a 30 second commercial spot for you or your business. Celebrate someone's birthday or promote your business. We'll put whatever message your choose on our big screen (within reason). You also get 10 free passes to the River's Edge International Film Festival. A private screening night for you and 100 friends comes with this package. You can pick any film you wish and we will treat you and your friends like royalty! In addition to our praise, you will also receive a commemorative print celebrating your gift.

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    A handwritten thank you note and two 52-visit punch cards to see films during our regularly scheduled programming. You will also receive four free t-shirts from our Oktoberfest celebration or River's Edge International Film Festival. Donors at this level will also get a one sheet movie poster from the past 10 years. One year of on-screen advertising in addition to a 30 second commercial spot is available for you or your business. Celebrate someone's birthday or promote your business. We'll put whatever message your choose on our big screen (within reason). You also get 10 free passes to the River's Edge International Film Festival. A private screening night for you and 100 friends comes with this package. You can pick any film you wish and we will treat you and your friends like royalty. We will host a private Music @ MAC event with live music for you and 140 friends. In addition to our praise, you will also receive a commemorative print celebrating your gift.

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