This project's funding goal was not reached on February 1, 2014.
About this project
Tampa’s Oldest Independent First Run Single Screen Cinema
The Tampa Pitcher Show first opened our doors in 1982 as a single screen independent theater. We now exhibit first-run movies and have created jobs for hundreds of local teenagers and adults in our 30+ years in business in our community and hope to continue to do so.
Did you know the Tampa Pitcher Show is a big supporter of independent film, especially movies made in the Tampa Bay area? We also have showcased cultural events such as Art Gallery Exhibitions and Theatrical Presentations, and have participated in community events, including Life Amplified “Salutes“, a fundraiser for purchasing aid dogs for disabled American Veterans. We have always felt the community has supported us and feel it is necessary for local businesses to be part of the community. Our other community efforts partnered us with Joshua House and many Tampa Bay area Churches and Charity Fundraisers.
Being an Independent Cinema we are being forced by Hollywood to change from a 35mm film format to Digital Format by the end of the 2013 or we will no longer be able to show movies. We hope to use Kickstarter as a fundraising tool to keep us running and being a part of the community.
Movies have been produced on film for over 100 years. However, Hollywood and all the major movie studios have determined that they will only make movies in digital format beginning in 2014. This will substantially reduce their production and distribution costs. It will also provide a better movie-going experience in both picture and sound quality. No more sound pops, scratched film, or missing frames. Just a brighter, sharper picture and incredible state of the art surround sound.This sounds wonderful doesn't it?
Unfortunately, it also means that Tampa Pitcher Show will have to "Go Digital or Go Dark." Many independent Cinemas across the country have closed their doors as a result. The new digital projectors and sound equipment required for the conversion to digital movies are very expensive and beyond our budget. We may be able to work out a loan arrangement eventually but the best option is still to have the fans of the Cinema help us with this Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
The film studios have offered major multiplex theaters substantial subsidies to make the conversion to the digital projection system, but independent single screen theaters like ours were not eligible for such assistance.
We have worked very hard to maintain TPS over our 30+ years in Carrollwood and it would be a shame if unaffordable technology, rather than dedication and hard work, should deprive our residents and visitors of a gathering place to experience movies and other forms of art.
During this conversion we will replace our screen, projector and sound system. We will do everything possible to make this project work so we will remain open during this conversion as not to disrupt your movie going experience.
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