For nearly 50 years the Holiday Twin Drive In Theatre has been a part of the Fort Collins, Colorado community.
When Wes Webb purchased the theatre in 1979 he never dreamed it would become the icon it is today. Thirty-eight years later it's time to ensure that future generations can enjoy this drive-in theatre experience in Northern Colorado.
What's going on?
Future development on the property south of the theatre's driveway has created renewed interest in preserving our theater. In response to the petition on Change.org (the petition was not created by the owners or family members of the Holiday Twin Drive-In Theatre) we've created this campaign. The best way to "save the Holiday Twin" is to attend frequently throughout each season.
What does the Drive-In need?
Our current building, electricity and sewer are outdated and stressed to the limit of their capacity. Our facility struggles to handle our current patronage. In 2013 owners Stephanie and Wes Webb converted the theater to digital projection using funds they had saved over years of operating the theatre, thereby depleting their reserves.
The Future of the Drive-In...
Now you can help us as we plan for a major overhaul of our theater. The overhaul will take at least two years complete. Year one we plan to re-design, plan and apply for all necessary permits. In year two, during the off season, the remodel work will take place. This process will include: increased electric capacity, replace sewer and water lines and completely re-work our 50 year old building that houses our snack bar, restrooms, storage and projection booths. The bid to trench a new electrical line with increased capacity is $25,000.
So what do I do?
Our budget for the entire project is $350,000. You can help us reach our starting goal of $25,000 by supporting this "Save the Holiday Twin Drive-In" Kickstarter. Buy a sticker, buy a shirt, or bring the neighborhood - any way you choose to support us will help and we appreciate all our fans!
But wait, I thought you said you were busy!
We are very grateful for the love and support from the community of Fort Collins and beyond. The economics of a Drive-In Theatre are not what they used to be. The majority of ticket sales (between 65%-75%) must be paid to the film company. We are a seasonal business in an aging facility in need of a major overhaul. A large portion of our revenue comes from our snack bar which has reached it's capacity. Increased electricity is our most pressing need.
From all of us at the Holiday Twin
Video - Colorado Movie Cars (Thanks again!)
Pictures - Josh Cisar, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Chris Cisar
Artwork - Taylor Holt
Risks and challenges
The problems we have are good problems, our popularity has out grown our capacity. We have to either renovate, move or close. Our first choice is renovation. Our renovations will take at least two years to complete. With the support of our community we believe we can make it happen. When you make it a point to visit the Holiday Twin more than once a summer you increase the likelihood of our success. Share our story with your family and friends and invite them to participate in "Saving the Holiday Twin Drive-In Theatre" this summer!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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