Seeking funding for Digital upgrade to Industry Compliance of Cinema equipment and support systems including Sound System and Screen. Read more
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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Friend of Tampa Pitcher Show: 1- Movie Ticket and recognition on
our website @ www.tampapitchershow.net on our FRIENDS PAGE, and
On Screen: in our pre-show slide show for 1 month before every show.Estimated delivery:
Date Night Special: 2 Movie Tickets, 1 Two Item Pizza, A 1' Piece of Authentic 35mm Film and Recognition on our
website @ www.tampapitchershow.net on our FRIENDS PAGE, and On
Screen: in our pre-show slide show for 1 month before every show.Estimated delivery:
Save The Pitcher Show : Custom Designed 3 Color T.P.S t-Shirt, and 4 Movie Tickets. And a 1 foot piece of 35mm film and Recognition on our website @ www.tampapitchershow.net on our FRIENDS PAGE, and On Screen: in our pre-show slide show for 3 months before every show.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
3 backers Limited (497 left of 500)
Decorate your Room:
1 Randomly Picked Authentic 27"X 40" Movie Poster from our Poster Vault. 2 Special Event Passes for any Special Event or Movie and a 1' piece of 35mm Film & a Thank You on our TPS fan page on our website for 3 Months.Estimated delivery:
25 backers Limited (575 left of 600)
6 Movie Tickets valid anytime, 3 Large Butter Popcorns, 2 Authentic randomly picked Movie Posters from our Poster Vault, 1' piece of 35mm Film and a Thank You on our website for 3 Months.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
6 backers Limited (294 left of 300)
10 Movie Passes, 5 Large Butter Popcorns, 5 One Item Pizzas 3 Authentic randomly picked Movie Posters from our Poster Vault. A 1' piece of Authentic 35mm Film and a Thank You on our on screen advertising page before each show for 1 Month.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)
BIG SCREEN AD PACKAGE:
A 15 Second Digital Ad for your Business that will Run Before and After every Showing for 3 months on the Movie Screen ,we will design a custom ad for you or your business. As well as a
Thank you on our web site Fan page for 3 Months and on our on screen advertising for 1 Month.Estimated delivery:
1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)
I Was A Projectionist:
First Hand one on one Projection Booth Experience on how Old and New film is Setup.
2 Random Movie Posters and a 35mm film clip you make up and get to keep. Only available on weekend Day's Reservations Required.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)
MOVIE GEEK: 12 Special Events Passes for any of our Special Events or Movies, 1 Authentic 1000' 35mm Film Reel from our Projection Booth with 6' of 35mm Film & 6 Randomly picked Movie Posters from our Poster Vault. And a Thank you on our TPS website Fan Page for 3 Months.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
Birthday Party Package:
Party for up to 50 of your Friends in the Lounge any Day Before 5:00 p.m or after 8:00 p.m. Includes
Taco Bar and Soft Drinks. Reservation Required.Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (6 left of 6)
MAN CAVE DISPLAY:
10 Special Event Passes for any Special Event or Movie and 10 Large Butter Popcorn, a 6’piece of 35mm film and 1-5000’Authentic polished All Aluminum Movie Reel for your Movie Room and 10 Random picked Authentic Movie Posters from our Poster Vault.And a Thank You on our On Screen Advertising for 3 MonthsEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
Premier Movie & A Limo:Premier Night at the Pitcher Show for any Show for 10 of your friends in a Stretch Limo, 4 hour Max:
VIP Tickets, Any Dinner Entre' & Soft Drinks included for all. Reservations RequiredEstimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
Private Movie Screening: Private Party Package for 75 of your friends or Employees any day before 5:pm. Holiday's Excluded.
Movie You Pick in advance from our upcoming list or your own Movie, Pizza, Nacho Buffet, and Soft drinks included. You can add on any of our menu items with an up-charge.Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
Own A Cinema: Our Vintage 35mm Projector from when we opened in 1982 Shipping Not Included .Estimated delivery:
- (45 days)