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Recently closed downtown movie theatre can be reopened by raising $65,000 for digital equipment in this major rejuvenation plan.

Antioch, IL Theater
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WEBSITE: www.antiochtheatre.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/AntiochTheatre

Background

Antioch is a wonderful northern Illinois community near the Wisconsin border, with its historic business district serving as the downtown for many surrounding communities.  Developed in the early 1900’s, it has a traditional, tree-lined "main street" but with schools, churches, and homes all within easy walking distance. In the early 1900s, Antioch was a popular vacation spot for many Chicagoans. The Antioch Theatre, located in the heart of downtown, has served as a critical heartbeat for the downtown for nearly 100 years, and losing the theatre will be a devastating loss to this tight knit community.  Its rejuvenation is critical to the health of this charming downtown.

Donations for Digital

All new films require digital equipment, and in order to not only salvage the theatre, but to renovate, reopen, and expand for long-term financial viability, a local property owner has committed significant funds and assembled the financial support of the local business community to put forth a $750,000 redevelopment plan to acquire and repair/renovate the building. To date, $650,000 has been committed with an additional $35,000 to be raised through sidewalk star sales and other promotions. We are asking our Kickstarter supporters to help raise $65,000 to purchase the digital projection equipment for the main screen.

Antioch Theatre: Past, Present and Future

The Antioch Theatre first opened in ~1919 as a live performance theatre called the Majestic Theatre. In 1924 it converted to a single-screen movie theatre, changed its name to the Antioch Theatre, and has shown affordable, family-friendly movies ever since.  In May 2014, maintenance problems, ownership struggles, and the mandatory conversion to digital projection drove the current owner to close the theatre;

New ownership will renovate and expand the theatre to position it for long-term financial stability.  It will include:

  • Additional 29-seat boutique theatre

  • All new digital projection and sound (Go Kickstarter!)

  • New screens, drapery, and seating

  • New classic marquee

  • Redesigned façade

  • Renovated lobby

  • Sprinkler fire protection

  • ...But the rare, beloved balcony will remain historic!

With your support through Kickstarter, new digital projection will provide outstanding quality allowing the theatre to continue to show first-run releases.  It will also permit the theatre to broadcast live and special events such as ballet, opera, sporting events, and gaming competitions.  Since the Antioch Theatre was originally a performance theatre, its modest stage will remain and the theatre can host speakers, comedy shows, small musical performances, and community events.

The additional screen is critical for successful operation in the future.  Movie distributors require theatres to hold films for 2-4 weeks.  However, as a movie’s attendance drops during its run, a single screen theatre is burdened with little income while it waits for the next new release.  With a new second screen, the revitalized Antioch Theatre would be able to transfer a movie onto the smaller screen in the latter weeks of its run and show a new release in the original, larger theatre.

Funding…and the remaining gap

The investor has committed $300,000, and Corporate Sponsors (Raymond Chevrolet, Something Sweet Confectionery, Great Lakes Credit Union, the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, and an anonymous benefactor, have pledged sponsorships totaling $150,000. The Village of Antioch will lend the project $200,000, repaid by a Village-wide movie ticket tax, and the development team plans to raise $35,000 selling granite sidewalk stars and other personalized promotions. Despite these community-wide efforts, the project still needs $65,000 to purchase the new digital equipment for the main screen. This is where we need your help! Through Kickstarter and our donation offerings, we hope to finalize fundraising and start the redevelopment.

How Kickstarter Works

Kickstarter is a fundraising website for creative projects. Kickstarter's all-or-nothing fundraising policy eliminates any risk of losing money that is pledged by all of you wonderful contributors! If you choose to BE A STAR and make a pledge to help save the Historic Antioch Theatre, your donation will only be received by the development team if we meet or exceed our funding goal by the deadline that we have set. If our funding goal is not met, the amount you choose to pledge will never be charged to your credit card.

About Our Rewards

We have two reward opportunities that will be displayed in Antioch Theatre once renovations are complete. The Interior Engraved Glass Wall Stars will hang on the wall leading up to the historic balcony. The Seat Sponsorship Plaques will be on seats in both the original theatre and the new boutique theatre. All other rewards will be shipped to the address you provide.

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    26 backers

    Fan of Antioch Theater:

    [1] Large Popcorn and Drink Combo

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    12 backers

    Super Fan of Antioch Theatre:

    [1] Movie pass and [1] Large popcorn

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    163 backers

    Movie Buff:

    [2] Movie Passes, [1] Family Combo (1 Large popcorn/2 drinks)

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    39 backers

    Best Director:

    [4] Movie Passes, [1] Family Combo (1 Large popcorn/2 drinks)

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    90 backers

    Best Supporting Actress/Actor:

    [4] Movie Passes, [2] Family Combos (1 Large popcorn/2 drinks)

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    66 backers

    "Star" of Antioch Theatre:

    Personalized Engraved Glass Star (3.5"), [2] Movie Passes

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    11 backers

    Out-of-towner:

    Your name displayed in the "Contributors" section of our website in addition to a hand-written thank you note and photographs of the renovated theater

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    Pledge $75 or more

    32 backers

    Best Actress/Actor:

    [6] Movie Passes, [3] Family Combos (1 Large popcorn/2 drinks)

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  • You selected
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    15 backers

    Something Sweet is Sweeter:

    [2] Movie Passes, Something Sweet Gift box

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    71 backers

    Twinkling "Star" of Antioch Theatre:

    Personalized Engraved Glass Star (4.25"), [2] Movie Passes

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  • You selected
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    44 backers

    Producer's Chair:

    Personalized Seat Plaque, [4] Movie Passes

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    22 backers

    Best Picture:

    [1] 24-Admissions Movie Pass, [12] Combos (1 Large Popcorn/1 Drink)

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    12 backers

    Super "Star" of Antioch Theatre:

    Personalized Engraved Glass Star (5"), [2] Movie Passes

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    2 backers

    Oscar Winner:

    [1] 24-Admissions Movie Pass and [12] Family Combos (1 Large popcorn/2 drinks)

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    2 backers

    Silver Screen:

    [2] 24-Admission Movie Passes, [24] Family Combos (1 Large popcorn/2 drinks)

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    2 backers

    Lifetime Achievement:

    Silver Screen Reward + Seat Sponsorship + 12" Engraved Wall Star + Something Sweet Gift box

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    8 backers

    Your ~12" x 12" permanent engraved granite sidewalk star will be embedded in the newly heated sidewalk outside the renovated theatre. A glossy, black star will be in the center of a sandblasted medium-gray stone. A message of your choice will be slightly recessed and stained in gold in the center of the star. These heated sidewalk stars will be visible any time of the year – your investment will never be covered in that Lake County snow and ice!

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    2 backers

    Angel of Antioch:

    A very generous donation just because you love Antioch, traditional downtowns, and historic movie theatres!

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  • You selected
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    1 backer

    Your ~18" x 18" permanent engraved granite sidewalk star will be embedded in the newly heated sidewalk outside the renovated theatre. A glossy, black star will be in the center of a sandblasted medium-gray stone. A message of your choice will be slightly recessed and stained in gold in the center of the star. These heated sidewalk stars will be visible any time of the year – your investment will never be covered in that Lake County snow and ice!

    Estimated delivery:
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    1 backer

    Your ~24" x 24" permanent engraved granite sidewalk star will be embedded in the newly heated sidewalk outside the renovated theatre. A glossy, black star will be in the center of a sandblasted medium-gray stone. A message of your choice will be slightly recessed and stained in gold in the center of the star. These heated sidewalk stars will be visible any time of the year – your investment will never be covered in that Lake County snow and ice!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (45 days)