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The Lyric Cinema is at risk closing down unless we can upgrade to digital projection equipment now necessary in the movie industry.

Save the Lyric!

Fort Collins, Colorado, rest of the world, we need your help. Movie distributors and studios are forcing us to to upgrade our projectors to digital by Spring of 2013 or else they will stop providing us with movies to show! As you might imagine, this is very pricey. For two new projectors, two new sound systems, and all new seats for both auditoriums we’re going to have to raise 150 thousand dollars!

Here is what is cool about getting new equipment though:

  • Digital projectors mean we will get new movies faster. Instead of waiting 6 to 8 weeks for the movie that opened in LA and New York today, we will be getting them in about 4.
  • Movies won’t come to us scratched and beat up! Ever been to the Lyric and wondered why there was a green line running down the left side of the picture for twenty minutes? That was caused by someone out there mishandling the film and damaging it. That won’t happen with digital!
  • We will also have the capabilities to present movies in 3D. I know many of our patrons guffaw at the thought of seeing a movie in 3D, but if you would have seen Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams in 3D I think you might be convinced it can be pretty awesome. Wim Wenders, who directed Pina in 3D is working on a 3D documentary about the great architecture of the world. How cool is that!?
  • New 5.1 surround sound in both auditoriums? I think the benefits of that are pretty self explanatory. Better sound makes for a better movie-going experience!
  • We know our seats aren’t the most comfortable in the world, and we also know we don’t have cup holders. Both of those things will change if we can raise this money.

So what’s the plan moving forward? We need to succeed with this Kickstarter campaign! We need your help though. The Lyric has already been in business for five years; please donate what you so we can stay around for much, much longer.

Thank you for caring, and we’ll see you at the movies.

-Michael Putlack
The Lyric’s Social Media Guru

Why upgrade to digital anyways?

For over 100 years movies have been produced on and projected using 35mm film. This technology has gone almost completely unchanged in that time. If I had a silent movie produced in 1920 in my hands, I could put play it through one of our two 60-year-old projectors and you and I could enjoy it on our screen same as the day it was released.

Around the turn of the new millennium movie studios and distribution companies began to realize that, at a time in the not too distant future, digital technology would progress to the point where if a movie was to be played off a hard drive instead of film, John Q. Movie-Goer wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Not only that, but getting rid of film also meant saving a whole lot of money on things like film stock, printing the movie onto the film stock, and taking the literally miles of film each movie is, packing it up in a big, heavy box, and shipping it around the country and world.

The technology first began to flourish in 2005. A few exhibitors installed digital projectors to show the movie Chicken Little in 3D. After that came Beowulf and a handful of other stinkers. Then in 2007, right as Ben and myself were separately getting ourselves into the movie industry, buzz started swirling around Jim Cameron’s next movie. And I can tell you, that buzz was loud. Exhibitors really started to listen knowing there would be a demand to see this new movie in digital 3D and started replacing their old, but still totally functionally and reliable equipment, with new digital equipment. Avatar was released Christmas season of 2009, and it exploded more than anyone ever expected.

Of course, whether Avatar was good or not didn’t matter to movie studios; all they saw was zero after zero after zero being added to the back of the movie’s gross revenues. A lot of those extra dollars came from the added 3D surcharge moviegoers were willing to pay for the real technical achievement that was Avatar.

Since then, more and more theaters have been going digital, and as more theaters make the transition away from film, less and less film is being produced. Studios have finally reached the point where enough movie theaters have made the conversion to lay forth an ultimatum to the remaining theaters running film: “Go digital or get left behind.” We’re at that all important crux where we have to find the money to make the conversion to digital or else we’ll be one of the theaters left behind.

More about the rewards.

We've tried coming up with a bunch of cool rewards for everyone at every backer level. I'll go into a bit more detail for each reward here:

  • Pledging $1 or more gets you recognition on our website, LyricCinemaCafe.com. This one is pretty straight forward.
  • Pledging $5 or more gets you a handwritten thank you note, one second (24 frames) of actual film from one of our trailers, and the web recognition.
  • Pledging $10 or more gets you a free large popcorn, one free drink that can be used on any drink in our cafe, and all of the prior rewards.
  • Pledging $15 or more gets you just the "Did I save the Lyric?" kickstarter backer shirt and the web recognition. This if for those of you who don't need the free stuff from the cafe and would rather just have one of these cool shirts.
  • Pledging $25 gets you two free drinks, again, anything from our cafe, one free large popcorn, two free Lyric pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, one second of film, and web recognition.
  • Pledging $30 just gets you two of the "Did I save the Lyric?" backer shirts and the web recognition.
  • Pledging $40 gets you one backer shirt, two free drinks, free large popcorn, the thank you note, one second of film, and web recognition.
  • Pledging $50 gets you one jingle written for you by the Lyric staff, one backer shirt, two free drinks, free large popcorn, the thank you note, one second of film, and web recognition. In order to write the jingle we'll need to know some basic stuff about you, stuff like your favorite movie or what you do for a living makes for good jingle fodder.
  • Pledging $75 gets you one year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer shirt, two free drinks, free large popcorn, the thank you note, one second of film, and web recognition. If you're already a Lyric member, you can use this as a renewal and we'll tack another year onto your membership.
  • Pledging $100 gets you two year-long (or one two-year long) Lyric memberships (or one two-year long), two of the backer t-shirts, and web recognition. 
  • Pledging $150 gets you your own slide in our movie preshow which plays before every movie for one week. This can be a silly slide of you similar to our employee slides, or it can be used to advertise your local business, blog, upcoming event, band, or anything else you want people to see. This also includes one year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition.
  • The first option for pledging $250 "buys" you one of our new seats. We'll put your name on a plaque and let you come in and pick out which seat you want it and we'll attach it on there forever! This reward also gets you the preshow slide, one year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition.
  • The second $250 option gets you one ticket to the Kickstarter after-party (where the drinks will be plentiful and provided by Fort Collins Brewery, so you have to be 21+ to attend). This reward also gets you the preshow slide, one year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition.
  • The third $250 option gets you one morning movie party on any morning from 10:30am until 1:30pm. You can invite up to 45 people and watch your favorite movie. These are great for kid's birthday parties or just for fun get-togethers for you and your friends. This reward also gets you the preshow slide, one year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition.
  • The fourth and final $250 reward option gets you a unique and original piece of art, specifically, a Cyanide and Happiness style comic by Kris Wilson, one of the creators of Cyanide and Happiness!
  • If you pledge $400 you get one movie party in any time slot Monday through Thursday. This is the same kind of party as the $250 reward, the only difference is the time you can have the party! This reward also gets you the preshow slide, one year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition.
  • If you pledge $1000 you get one movie party in any time slot any day of the week! This reward also gets you the preshow slide, one year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition.
  • Pledge $1500 and you get one LIFETIME Lyric membership, your name on a seat, the preshow slide, one year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition.
  • And, the granddaddy of all rewards, if you pledge $10,000 you get to pick your favorite movie and we'll play it at the Lyric, during the prime set, every day for an entire week! So, if your favorite movie is, let's say, Toy Story 2, we'll get hold of Disney, schedule some shows, advertise the shows, and sell tickets to the public to come see it. We'll even let you come in and introduce the movie before any or every screening if you'd like. You can talk about why it is your favorite movie and why you picked it and everything. It is your chance to impose you taste in movies on Fort Collins in the same way that we do all the time! This is conditional on the availability of a movie to book however. If we can't book your first favorite movie for whatever reason, we'll just have to book your second or third. You also get a ton of other stuff: one LIFETIME Lyric membership, one anytime Lyric movie party, your name on a seat, one ticket to the Kickstarter after party,  the custom backer slide, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and the web recognition.

Thanks again for helping us out, and we hope to see you soon at the movies!

FAQ

  • A Lyric membership entitles the bearer to $4 movie tickets (that's half off general admission) and $1 off glasses of beer and wine for the length of the membership.

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  • Let's say you want to one $100 reward and then an additional $50 reward for yourself or for someone else. To do that, choose the $100 dollar reward and then on the next page where you can adjust the amount, change the amount to $150 while still keeping the $100 reward selected. After you finish putting in your pledge, sent us a message saying how you want the reward divided up and we'll take care of it for you once the project is successful!

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  • First, I don't like that kind of thinking. We can totally pull this off!!!

    If for some bizarre, unforeseen reason we can't raise all of the money, your credit card will never be charged.

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  • Sadly, we don't have space to keep our current projector in auditorium 1, but we will still have our film projector installed alongside the digital projector in auditorium 2 should the need arise!

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  • Plaid mobs are organized by Be Local Northern Colorado and are designed to help local small businesses get a influx of cash for a day. They've set up an emergency plaid mob for us July 26th. The Plaid mob specials will only be available July 26th at the Lyric from 4 until 7:30 or online from 10am until 10pm!

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  • The on the spot rewards will come with the rest of the reward once the campaign is successful.

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    One second of actual film and one handwritten thank you note from one of our staff members PLUS the web recognition. (Add $1 for international pledges.)

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    One year-long membership to the Lyric PLUS the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. (Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    PLAID MOB (JULY 26TH) SPECIAL! One year long Lyric membership PLUS two Kickstarter backer shirts, two Lyric pint glasses, two drinks, two popcorns web recognition and a thank you note when the project is successful, and two tickets and popcorns on the spot!

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    One ticket to the very special HEAD FOR THE HILLS concert at the Lyric PLUS one Kickstarter backer shirt, web recognition, and a thank you note. (Must be 21+ to attend the concert.)

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    One week of writing the Lyric e-mail for Ben! This goes out to a few thousand Lyric fans, PLUS the year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. (Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    Your very own custom Kickstarter backer slide in our pre-movie slide-show for one week PLUS the year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. You can also use this slide to advertise your business, band, upcoming event, or whatever else you might want people to see! (Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    PLAID MOB (JULY 26TH) SPECIAL! Two year long Lyric memberships PLUS two tickets to the Kickstarter after-party, two Kickstarter backer shirts, two Lyric pint glasses, two drinks, two popcorns, web recognition and a thank you note when the project is successful, and two tickets and popcorns on the spot!

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    One ticket to a very special concert at the lyric put on by local pickers and grinners HEAD FOR THE HILLS... PLUS the custom backer slide, year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. (Add $10 for international pledges. Must be 21+ to attend the concert!)

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    PLAID MOB (JULY 26TH) SPECIAL! Two tickets to the HEAD FOR THE HILLS concert to be held at the Lyric PLUS two year long Lyric memberships, two tickets to the Kickstarter after-party, two Kickstarter backer shirts, two Lyric pint glasses, two drinks, two popcorns web recognition and a thank you note when the project is successful, and two tickets and popcorns on the spot!

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    Two weeks of advertising before every movie at the Lyric! Great for businesses, bands, or local events, PLUS web recognition and a thank you note!

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    "Buy" one of our new seats and get a plaque with your name put on your favorite one PLUS the custom backer slide, year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. (Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    One ticket to Kickstarter after party at the Lyric PLUS the custom backer slide, year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. (Must be 21+ to attend the after-party. Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    One morning (10:30am-1:30pm) movie party at the Lyric any day of the week for you and up to 45 of your closest friends PLUS the custom backer slide, year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. (Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    Original custom Cyanide and Happiness style comic by Kris from Cyanide and Happiness and web recognition! (Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    FOUR weeks of advertising before every movie at the Lyric! Great for businesses, bands, or local events, PLUS web recognition and a thank you note!

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    One weekday (any time-slot, Monday - Thursday) movie party at the Lyric for you and up to 45 of your closest friends PLUS the custom backer slide, year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. (Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    THE SUE SPECIAL: One portrait of Bill on the Lyric walls, two free drinks, one year-long membership, and a handwritten thank you note.

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    One portrait of yourself permanently painted onto the walls of the Lyric PLUS the custom backer slide, year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. (Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    PLAID MOB (JULY 26TH) SPECIAL! "Buy" one of our new seats and get a plaque with your name on it PLUS one anytime weekday (Mon-Thurs) auditorium rental for you and up to 45 friends, two tickets to the HEAD FOR THE HILLS concert to be held at the Lyric, two year long Lyric memberships, two tickets to the Kickstarter after-party, two Kickstarter backer shirts, two Lyric pint glasses, two drinks, two popcorns when the project is successful, and two tickets and popcorns on the spot!

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    3 backers

    One movie party at the Lyric, any time-slot, any day of the week, for you and up to 45 of your closest friends PLUS the custom backer slide, year-long Lyric membership, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. (Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    6 backers

    One LIFETIME Lyric membership PLUS your name on a seat, a ticket to the Kickstarter after party, the custom backer slide, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition. (Add $10 for international pledges.)

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    Choose your favorite movie and we book it at the Lyric for one showing a day for one whole week. It's your chance to impose your movie taste on the rest of Fort Collins PLUS you get one LIFETIME Lyric membership, one anytime Lyric movie party, your name on a seat, one ticket to the Kickstarter after party, the custom backer slide, the jingle, one backer t-shirt, two drinks, one popcorn, two pint glasses, the handwritten thank you note, the second of film, and web recognition.

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