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First movie? First Date? Keep the memories made at the movies happening in Medford, WI. We must go digital to keep the movies coming.

Stetsonville, WI Theater
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Digital is more affordable, Right?

Here's the Facts...

Cost to go Digital on all five screens with one screen having a 3D movie option $200,000

Analog Film Presentation format could be ended at any time.

More movies each month are produced in a digital only format

The Broadway Theatre as a business is successful thanks to all our customers

The Broadway Theatre business has too much debt at this time to take on the current conversion in a traditional equipment loan format from a bank

If we don't convert some of the equipment soon, we will miss out on even more great movie choices for our customers

We hope you can help pledge us to our goal, and for more information take a couple minutes to watch the videos, or read our entire story.  Thank You

Digital is Less expensive?  Right??

Well, for the studios that make the movies, yes.  Currently we play movies from 35mm film.  The cost of material has skyrocketed with the death of the 35mm film camera.  Fuji discontinued production of 35mm film stock almost one year ago, and their supply has been depleted.  Luckily, Kodak survived bankruptcy proceedings and is still able to produce film stock.  We have been told that the material and production cost of putting a movie's images onto film runs about $1500-$2000 per movie.  For a smaller theatre like us Hollywood questions each decision to produce a copy for us to show, wondering if we will sell enough tickets to pay for the print and make them a profit.  Paramount recently announced that they will have only 1 or 2 movies all year that will be available on 35mm format, all other titles will be digital only.  

Watch the video explaining why digital, and why now HERE 

Some titles are offered in digital only format, and we won't ever be able to play them without the new equipment. Some titles, for example Saving Mr. Banks, had such a limited number of film copies made that we may not ever get a copy to use, or if we do the quality of the picture will be compromised.  

Since we took over The Broadway Theatre we have seen dramatic increases in customers, and we Thank You from the bottom of our hearts. Given time, we believe we would be able to afford this conversion ourselves.  Unfortunately, we are not sure how much time we will get.  The Studios do not seemed inclined to give us any advanced warning.  They set a predicted date of 12/31/13 for Film to be ended across the nation. In the Paramount case, we had three films lined up before Christmas, only to get a call 2 weeks prior to Christmas stating we would only get one of those three and everything else would be digital only. Due to pressure from Christopher Nolan, Paramount recently has issued a statement that a movie called Interstellar will be available on film in November of 2014.  

Why not get a loan? Well, currently we do not have enough equity built up to extend our line of credit. Again, we have no doubt that with time this too will change; however, we question again how much time we will get.  If you have visited The Theatre you know we are a family business.  My father-in-law donates his time to help with accounting tasks, my mother-in-law chips in on concessions and tickets.  My mother and father have both been very active, mostly behind the scenes sweeping popcorn and helping me fix stuff.  Our oldest Alexis, 10, loves working the counter, Hannah, 8, and Naomi, 6, both are eager to scoop popcorn and serve drinks. Jake is 3 and one thing we know is HE LOVES HIS POPCORN !  

We currently employ nine part-time staff, and they too have become part of our extended family. Ian Porten, Steph Stolp, Ross Ewert, Rachel Ludwig, Rebekah Heil, Sam Porten, Jenn Stolp, Sydney Oliver, and Katie Doucette. Yes, we have two sets of siblings working for us and are lucky to have families working with our family!

 Since this year is off to our best start yet, we look to hire a couple more for the summer and have them ready to replace four of our veterans who will be graduating from high school.  

Our most recent quote to convert all five screens to digital projection, with a 3D option on one screen, is $200,000. With this kickstarter fund drive, we hope to raise $70,000 to convert two screens to digital with one having a 3D option.  This doesn't mean every show would be 3D, simply that it would have the capability,  Obviously, if we are lucky enough to be "overfunded" on this campaign, we will roll the additional funds into the next screen upgrade.  Having two Digital projectors will make it easier to Keep the Movies Coming, and get the movies we miss on opening night a little quicker.  Having three or more digital projectors I believe would secure the business stays open and able to offer movies or other entertainment for our customers.

If we've been lucky enough to have you as a customer, we Thank You, and we assure you that our offerings of Free Holiday Movies, special discounts, and alternate programming will not change.... well unless you request something else, or we think of some more great entertainment offerings for our customers.  Our comedy shows in March and September have been a great addition, and we have a couple of new ideas up our sleeves that we are working the kinks out of.

Please consider making a pledge of any amount and help us Keep The Movie Memories Coming !

Risks and challenges

Although two digital projectors won't complete our total conversion process, we are confident that having two screens upgraded will insure our current ability to offer movies allowing us to continue to bring you the movies you want sooner rather than later, and even on opening night. It will also provide the opportunity with local financial institutions to apply for equipment loans for another one or two projectors in the future. As far as the installation, we have multiple quotes from qualified technicians and have been told about four weeks for delivery and 1 week for installation, so when the campaign is successful, we plan to order equipment immediately and have it installed by mid June allowing us to show the next installment of Transformers from Paramount and many more. The studios still control the flow of movie titles to the theatre, but having the current technology will make it easier to convince them to give us a shot for opening nights.

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  • Mostly no.. I say mostly because if you are a business, or have a business, and choose one of our advertising options, such as rename a theatre, or on screen advertising you should check with your accountant first.. but I'd say its an advertising expense.. but again.. check with your accountant. Thanks

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    1 ticket to a Kickstarter Success Celebration Party Medium Popcorn and Medium Soda that night Movie TBD also includes 2 passes to any movie, 2 medium soda's and 1 Large Popcorn Also receive your Name on Thank You message on screen before each show for 1 month

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    Receive 6 vouchers each good for 1 large popcorn & 1 Large Soda ( 9 dollar value per voucher may redeem only one voucher per visit - Vouchers never expire) Also receive your Name on Thank You message on screen before each show for 1 month

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    Receive 8 vouchers each good for 1 large popcorn & 1 large soda (may redeem only one voucher per visit - Vouchers never expire) Also receive your Family Photo or Business Card in a Thank You message on screen before each show for 2 months

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    Receive 8 vouchers each good for 1 Large Popcorn & 1 large soda (may redeem only one voucher per visit - Vouchers Never expire) also one scheduled private show for up to 10 people private show includes medium popcorn and medium Soda for each guest during that private event. *Private showtimes are typically during non-normal Box office hours we will work with you to find a time * Also receive your Family Photo or Business Card in a Thank You message on screen before each show for 2 months

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    Receive 10 vouchers each good for 1 Large Popcorn and 2 Large sodas (may redeem 2 vouchers per visit - Vouchers Never expire) Receive your choice of a t-shirt or hoodie with our Keep the Movie Memories coming logo, Also receive your Family Photo or Business Card in a Thank You message on screen before each show for 3 months

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    Receive 8 vouchers each good for 1 admission ticket to any movie & Large Popcorn & 2 Large Drink may redeem 1 voucher per visit - Vouchers Never expire) also one scheduled private show for up to 10 people private show includes medium popcorn and medium Soda for each guest during that private event. *Private showtimes are typically during non-normal Box office hours we will work with you to find a time * Receive your choice of a t-shirt or hoodie with our Keep the Movie Memories coming logo, Also receive your Family Photo or Business Card in a Thank You message on screen before each show for 6 months

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    Receive 10 vouchers each good for 1 admission any movie & 1 Large Popcorn and 2 large drinks (may redeem 2 vouchers per visit - Vouchers Never expire) Receive 2 t-shirts or Hooded Sweatshirt with our Keep the Movie Memories coming Logo, also one scheduled private show for up to 10 people private show includes medium popcorn and medium Soda for each guest during that private event. *Private showtimes are typically during non-normal Box office hours we will work with you to find a time * Also receive your Family Photo or Business Card or video ad you provide in a Thank You message on screen before each show for 12 months

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    Rename the "West Wing".. in 2003 the facility was expanded to include another theatre on the west side of the building, 2004 and 2005 saw another theatre added each year to what has been called "The West Wing".. you choose the Name (must be family approved) and the Digital Reader board above the West Hall will forever read the name you choose, Plus Receive in a Thank You Message on Screen before each show your Family Photo or Business Card or Video ad you provide for 1 year

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    Rename our concession special.. Currently 50% of our customers order our Special combo which includes 2 medium drinks and a large popcorn, we will provide signage with the New name,and will call it by that name. Name (must be family approved) Plus Receive in a Thank You Message on Screen before each show your Family Photo or Business Card or Video ad you provide for 1 year

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    Receive 8 vouchers valid for 2 admissions, 2 large drinks and 2 large popcorns (may redeem one voucher per visit) Also receive 2 I helped Keep the Movie Memories coming t-shirts, Also Receive in a Thank You Message on Screen before each show your Family Photo or Business Card or Video ad you provide for 1 year

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    Rename our Theatre #1.. Name (must be family approved) The Name you choose and we approve will be proudly displayed above the door with the current movie showing in that theatre. Plus Receive in a Thank You Message on Screen before each show your Family Photo or Business Card or Video ad you provide for 1 year

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    Receive 10 vouchers valid for 3 admissions, 3 medium drinks and 3 medium popcorns (may redeem 2 vouchers per visit) Also Receive in a Thank You Message on Screen before each show your Family Photo or Business Card or Video ad produced by Point of View Media for 1 year

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    Rename our Theatre #3 or #4 or #5.. Name (must be family approved) The Name you choose and we approve will be proudly displayed above the door with the current movie showing in that theatre. Plus Receive in a Thank You Message on Screen before each show your Family Photo or Business Card or Video ad for 1 year

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    Receive 10 vouchers valid for 2 admissions, 2 medium drinks and 2 medium popcorns (may redeem 2 vouchers per visit) Also Receive in a Thank You Message on Screen before each show your Family Photo or Business Card or Video ad produced by Point of View Media for 2 years

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    Rename our Theatre #2 This is our Largest Theatre. Typically our Newest releases are shown in this theatre. Name (must be family approved) The Name you choose and we approve will be proudly displayed above the door with the current movie showing in that theatre. Plus Receive in a Thank You Message on Screen before each show your Family Photo or Business Card or Video ad for 1 year

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    You really love the movies in Medford, and we love you right back. Receive 10 years of movies (defined as 10 vouchers per year each voucher valid for 2 admissions, 2 Medium popcorns, and 2 medium drinks) * you may redeem 2 vouchers per month.. this would package would last you 5 years then)

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