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Complete the return of the historic Greenville Drive-In movie theatre for a community in the Northern Catskills
Complete the return of the historic Greenville Drive-In movie theatre for a community in the Northern Catskills
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     Dwight Grimm and Leigh Van Swall are re-opening the Greenville Drive-In to the public in the Northern Catskills of New York State. Originally built by Peter Carelas in 1959, the Greenville Drive-In has been a social fixture for the local rural community and its many seasonal visitors. 

     For the past several years, this institution has been closed primarily for lack of a digital projection system necessary to play modern studio formats. We have recently undertaken this major purchase for the Greenville Drive-In, but we need your help to cross the finish line for the remaining equipment and services required to make the venue safe and operational for the public. Our long list of remaining necessities includes an updated radio transmission system, a functional popcorn machine, insurance, gravel access roads and repairs to the highway marquee. 

     It is a little known fact that the Northern Catskills is the birthplace of outdoor cinema in the United States. While Camden, NJ can lay claim to hosting the first drive-in movie theatre in 1933, the very first outdoor motion picture event occurred sixteen years earlier in our neighboring town of Schoharie on June 7, 1917. From that date until World War II, the local community would flock to Main Street every summer Thursday for free movies projected on the court house, followed by dancing and ice cream. As a result, outdoor movies have been an integral part of the social fabric of the area for just shy of a century. 

     We are keen to be the next set of stewards carrying on this tradition in the Northern Catskills. Dwight Grimm is an eighth-generation descendant of one of the founding families of Schoharie and has spent the past twenty years working in film & video production, predominantly in New York City. He has been fortunate enough to work for such entertainment houses as Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), Jim Henson Productions, Scholastic, HBO and Worldwide Pants. Dwight is looking forward to combining his personal experience in entertainment with his familial connection to the Northern Catskills.

     Our vision for the Greenville Drive-In surpasses simply reviving a movie theatre. The drive-in sits in the middle of a region being recognized by the food-to-table movement. We are looking to use our concession facilities and our screen as a showcase for our agricultural neighbors whose efforts are now starting to receive long-overdue notice. We will be featuring traditional American drive-in movie fare, but sourced from their farms. We plan to use the new projection system to promote local businesses with feature-ettes during the pre-show and intermissions. We also are looking forward to opening the facilities for daytime events so that the community can utilize this incredible local resource for other purposes. 

     We appreciate your willingness to contribute to this project and in gratitude we made our rewards fun for local and long-distance supporters alike. A huge part of our vision here is that not only are you an audience member, you can be part of the programming as well. That is what makes the digital projector so liberating. Be it your own video, an ad, a message or running your own program, you can do it here at the Greenville Drive-In. Almost all of our rewards come with on-screen credit during 2015 screenings. The greater the reward, the more access you have. Do you want to be a Guest Projectionist? Would you like to screen your own film? You can do it here with these Kickstarter rewards. After you’ve picked your reward, we’d appreciate it if spread the word by post, tweet or word alike. Pass it along around the globe. We have friends everywhere and we want them to visit us here in the Great Northern Catskills. 

     The community has expressed that the Greenville Drive-In is well worth saving. We hope that this Kickstarter will help support a successful re-launch so future generations can fall in love with outdoor movies all over again. 

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the wait is almost over

Heritage photographs of the Greenville Drive-In in the video are courtesy of Baldomero Fernandez

Risks and challenges

Since opening in 1959, the Greenville Drive-In has had a number of owners and ideas around programming. There were limitations based on 35mm projectors that are mitigated with the introduction of the digital projector.

We do have a number of challenges to create a thriving business in Greenville. Costs associated with installing and setting up the projector are substantial. We are one of the few all-grass drive-ins in existence so the fifteen acres requires extensive mowing and gravel access roads to keep patrons from becoming mired.

A challenge will be creating programming that will be successful and enjoyed by both the local community as well as visitors coming to the Northern Catskills. We will need to cast a wide net with our marketing and programming to attract and appeal to a range of viewers.

The key projects that we are undertaking for 2015 include:

- Purchase and install Christie 2k projector
- Update FM receiver to provide high quality sound
- Install integrated electrical system
- Update the concession stand
- Add gravel to access roads
- Improve the marquee
- Make strategic connections to the community to provide opportunities for local groups

Your contributions to this campaign will help us create a space that can be enjoyed by both locals and visitors.

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    Receive a medium popcorn at the concession stand and see your name in lights in the opening night on-screen credits.

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    Show your support with a GDI sticker to add to your car, notebook or guitar case! Receive a medium popcorn at the concession stand and see your name in lights in the opening night on-screen credits.

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    Receive a Greenville Drive-In Glow in the Dark Frisbee - toss it at the Drive-In, on the beach or at your local park! Show your support with a GDI sticker to add to your car, notebook or guitar case! Receive a medium popcorn at the concession stand and see your name in lights in the opening night on-screen credits.

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    Claim a Limited Edition Greenville Drive-In Returns T-Shirt. Show your support with a GDI sticker to add to your car, notebook or guitar case! Receive a medium popcorn at the concession stand and see your name in lights in the opening night on-screen credits.

    Indicate size XS-3XL

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    Pack of 10 single admission tickets and see your name in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

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    We will display your text or photo image (family friendly content) during pre-show or intermission for one night and see your name in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

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    For non-local friends, we will photograph your text or photo image (family friendly content) on the big screen and post it to our website and share on social media plus your name will be in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

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    Post a short message on our Rt. 32 marquee (family friendly content) during the off-season for one week and see your name in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

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    Pack of 10 single admission tickets, 2 medium popcorns at the concession stand, 2 Limited Edition Greenville Drive-In Returns T-Shirts and see 2 names in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

    Indicate sizes XS-3XL

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    Sponsor a table in Friend's Garden and see your name in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

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    Limited edition poster designed by The Visual Strategist and see your name in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

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    You provide a video message (family friendly content) of no more than thirty seconds and we show it on the big screen once during pre-show or intermission and see your name in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

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    Your saved VIP parking spot for the 2015 season and a pack of 10 single admission tickets, and see your name in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

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    Honorary Guest Projectionist: Introduced on-screen as Guest Projectionist, receive 1 Guest Projectionist T-Shirt and you introduce the movie from the projection booth. Additionally receive a pack of 10 single admission tickets, and see your name in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

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    Your still promotional image will be shown for the 2015 season during the pre-show or intermission

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    Guest Projectionist Deluxe: Introduced on-screen as Guest Projectionist, receive 1 Guest Projectionist T-Shirt and you introduce the movie from the projection booth. Receive an original Greenville Drive-In Speaker and a branded GDI Director's chair. Additionally receive a pack of 10 single admission tickets, and see your name in lights in the on-screen credits throughout the 2015 season.

    All items to be retrieved at the Greenville Drive-In.

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    Design your private event at the Greenville Drive-In on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday night prior to Columbus Day 2015. Choose your favorite movie from our immense library or play video games. You can even screen your own film.

    Maximum 60 guests.
    Concessions not included.

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    Design your private event at the Greenville Drive-In on a Thursday or available Sunday night prior to Columbus Day 2015. Choose your favorite movie from our immense library or play video games. You can even screen your own film.

    Maximum 60 guests.
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    Design your private event at the Greenville Drive-In on a Friday or Saturday night prior to Columbus Day 2015. Choose your favorite movie from our immense library or play video games. You can even screen your own film.

    Maximum 60 guests.
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    Design your private event at the Greenville Drive-In on a Friday or Saturday night prior to Columbus Day 2105. Choose your favorite movie from our immense library or play video games. You can even screen your own film.

    Includes 2 nights B&B accommodation, transfer from Hudson or ALB, 2 GDI directors' chairs and original entertainment memorabilia- a Lakers letterman jacket signed by Jack Nicholson.

    Maximum 60 guests.
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    80' x 10' ad space under screen for 2015 and 2016 season. Space only, does not include signage.

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Funding period

- (30 days)