Kansas City's oldest independent movie theatre must convert its projection systems by the end of the year to stay in business.
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.
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.
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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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