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Kansas City's oldest independent movie theatre must convert its projection systems by the end of the year to stay in business.
Kansas City's oldest independent movie theatre must convert its projection systems by the end of the year to stay in business.
1,386 backers pledged $136,393 to help bring this project to life.

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THE CHALLENGE

By the end of this year, movies will no longer be made on 35mm film. That means that any theater that has not converted to the new, industry-mandated digital projection system will be out of business.  

With a price tag of over $70,000 per auditorium, the total cost for making this conversion in the Tivoli's three screens is an overwhelming $210,000.  

Because of our unique blend of community cinema — from independent first-run features, movie classics, and foreign films, to our film festivals, film classes, performing arts broadcasts, and other special screenings — the Tivoli does not qualify for any industry loan programs.  

The huge cost of replacing this equipment is overwhelming for any small, owner-operator business.  The only way we can afford the enormous and immediate cost of going all-digital is by asking our loyal long time customers for help. 

THE GOOD NEWS

We have already converted one of our screens to a fully digital theatre.   And, we've completed the groundwork so that we can immediately begin removing the 35mm projection equipment and installing the new digital systems in our other two auditoriums when this Kickstarter campaign is successful. 

WHY KICKSTARTER? 

We chose Kickstarter to fund this project because the funds are only released if the target goal is achieved.  In other words, it's all or nothing, which is the position the theatre is in right now. 

The money raised by this digital conversion project is not about our operating expenses or other upgrades. Any funds pledged over the target amount will be put directly into improving the theatre for the public.

THE TIVOLI IS AS MUCH A LABOR OF LOVE AS  IT IS A BUSINESS

The Tivoli began as a 104-seat store-front, movie house over 30 years ago. In 1992, the Tivoli relocated to a three screen movie theatre across the street from our original location.  Since that time we have kept our trusty 35mm projectors humming bringing you our unique blend of films, festivals, classics and rarities that you won't find anywhere else in town.

We're especially proud our community partnerships with such organizations as the University of Missouri at Kansas City, KCPT and countless other arts groups, non-profit and social service organizations. We have brought different and diverse interests together to showcase timely and important films, beloved classics, world cinema and emergent creative work.  

We're grateful that the Tivoli has meant so much to so many over the years.

And we're ready to continue serving as Kansas City's home for Community Cinema for many more years to come.

Risks and challenges

The Tivoli has already installed one entire projection system and has prepared the other two auditoriums for a quick installation. Having been in business for the past thirty years, our only challenge is raising the funds to complete this conversion.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    TIVOLI DIARIES: Receive a limited edition copy of "The Tivoli Diaries: 30 Years Behind the Scenes", a colorful employee-made magazine immortalizing historical moments, behind-the-scenes photos, and rare theater memorabilia! Plus, you'll be publicly thanked on the Tivoli's new digital marquee in our lobby!

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    TIVOLI TRENDY THREADS: Receive a special edition, hand silkscreened Tivoli t-shirt (available only through our Kickstarter campaign). You'll also receive the Concession Combo: a handy punch card good for 2 popcorns and 2 soft drinks. Plus you will be publicly thanked on the Tivoli's new digital marquee in our lobby.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    FRIENDS OF THE TIVOLI: Receive 2 passes to any regular Tivoli film, The Concession Combo, one copy of The Tivoli Diaries, 24 frames of authentic Tivoli celluloid film, a thank you on the Tivoli's new digital marquee in our lobby and a TIVOLI GOLD CARD which grants you special benefits throughout all of 2014.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    TIVOLI SUPER SUPPORTER: Receive everything in the "Friends of the Tivoli" Level, plus one special edition Tivoli t-shirt, and 2 invitations to a Super Supporter Screening!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    FUTURE FILMMAKER: Receive a private screening of your film on any day of the week- even a weekend (subject to availability) along with free popcorn for all of your guests! You'll also receive, a 2014 TIVOLI GOLD CARD, 24 frames of authentic Tivoli celluloid film, and of course you will be publicly thanked on the Tivoli's new digital marquee in our lobby!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    PERFORMING ARTS PATRON: Receive 4 passes to any Tivoli Performing Arts Broadcast, The Concessions Combo, 2 tickets to the Tivoli Performing Arts Party (early 2014) catered by Julita Latimer Catering, a 2014 TIVOLI GOLD CARD, and a public thank you on the Tivoli's new digital marquee in our lobby!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCER'S CIRCLE: Receive 8 passes for any Tivoli Performing Arts Broadcasts, Free popcorn for all of 2014, 4 tickets to the Tivoli Performing Arts Party (early 2014) catered by Julita Latimer Catering, a 2014 TIVOLI GOLD CARD, a public thank you on the Tivoli's new digital marquee in our lobby AND 4 admissions to select private screenings hosted by Jerry Harrington in 2014

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    BUSINESS PARTNER: Have a business or special cause? Let us project your digital billboard on the big screen & in print in our weekly Tivoli Calendar for 3 months (ads are subject to our approval). And of course you will be publicly thanked on the Tivoli's new digital marquee in our lobby!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    TIVOLI EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Receive everything from the Tivoli Super Supporter & Performing Arts Producer's Circle Levels and you get to collaborate with Tivoli owner Jerry Harrington to curate your own film series!

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    TIVOLI MARQUEE MOGUL: Receive everything from the Tivoli Super Supporter & Performing Arts Producer's Circle Levels, plus a special plaque will be prominently placed at the entrance of one of our three auditoriums, honoring you as its exclusive sponsor for 2014.

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