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As 35MM Film comes to an End The 70 Year old Family Owned and Operated Elder Theatre Needs Funding for Digital.

Digital is The Future and We Need It to Survive

The Elder Theatre is in Danger of being forced out of business. Starting this summer movie companies will begin to phase out the use of traditional 35MM. The Elder Theatre has been running on 35MM Film since it opened in 1942. If the theatre is unable to install a Digital Projector the owners will be forced to close the theatre and the community and Shelby County will lose its last movie theatre.

During it's 70 years of existence The Elder Theatre has only changed owners 3 Times. The Duff's who built the theatre owned it for 8 years until they sold it to Cora and Clarence Brown in 1950; they would then go on to operate the theatre until 1981. For a short period of time the theatre was leased to the current owners who then purchased it in 1982. These owners would be my aunt and uncle, Rodney and Becky Miller. 

This past November they celebrated 30 years of ownership around the same time the theater celebrated 70 years. Over those 30 years the theatre has seen some changes but still holds the charm of an older theatre. In 2006 the auditorium was entirely redone with new seats, wall coverings, screen treatments and a lot of paint. 

Over the 30 years this theatre has always been here for the people in the area. We take pride in trying to severe the area as a family theatre- a clean and well priced one. Very rarely will you find us playing an R-Rated movie. We have made many friends here during our time and we know many of our customers have fond memories of the theatre. Some meeting their future husbands and wives here. Sadly, we aren't sure if we will be around to create future memories due to the MANDATORY Digital Transition taking Hollywood by storm. Theaters get no say in the matter, you either... Go Digital or Go Dark.  

I personally have been working here since I was just 13 years old. I started doing popcorn for several years then worked my way up to managing today. I have never felt this to be a "job" though. I always feel it is a place to see friends every week. It also feels like a place to get away from everything. Movies are unique in there way they aren't their to judge you. They are there to provide you with a chance to escape from the real world for an hour or two and forget about all your problems. I don't want people to loose that- which is why I have been working vigorously since January of this year to find a way to keep this theatre going. I can't begin to thank everyone for their tremendous support towards this theatre. This $25,000 is all we need and we will be able to begin to move forward to convert the theatre as we have already raised the remaining money through other events that have gone on.

Through This KickStarter Fundraiser we are hoping to raise the remaining funds we need to get converted over to Digital. We have had tremendous outpouring of support from the community and the communities surrounding us. Since we don't know an exact date as to when the movie industry will be 100% Digital the sooner the better. We only need a remaining $27,000 to make the transition. I hope you will consider making a pledge of support to help us towards our goal and continue movies here in Shelby County, Ohio. 

Thanks Everyone For Your Support,

Ryan

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Patrons Awaiting One of Our Midnight Premiers!
Patrons Awaiting One of Our Midnight Premiers!

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    Recognition on our Reel Wall and On Screen Prior to each movie.

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    Recognition, 24 Frames of Actual Film Footage, Mini Movie Posters and Pair of VIntage 3D Paper Glasses.

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    "SHIRT"- Recognition. One of our “Continue The Experience” T-Shirts and 24 Frames of Actual Film Footage.

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    “DATE NIGHT”- 2 Movie Tickets, 2 Medium Drinks and Large Popcorn. (concession items can be changed for different items- at equal or lesser value, excludes candy)

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    POSTER- An original movie poster randomly selected from our collection over the past 30 years. Plus a 2 foot strip of 35MM Film and Recognition on our wall and on screen.

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    "POPCORN LOVERS!"- Ever want some of our delicious popcorn to have at home? Well now you can! You will receive a punch card good for 12 Medium"to go" bags of popcorn! (this is good for carry out popcorn only)

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    "SUPPORT FOR LOCAL STUDENTS"- Typically every year some of our local schools come in to watch a movie about a book they read during the year. Some times however we have students that can't afford the cost to come and watch the movie with their fellow classmates. What this pledge level does is you cover 7 students tickets and pop and popcorn when they come to their next movie for school. PLUS you also will receive an Elder Theatre T-Shirt. This reward allows you to decide which local school system gets your pledge as well.

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    “FAMILY NIGHT”- 4 Movie Tickets, 4 Medium Drinks and 2 Large Popcorns PLUS "Continue The Experience" T-Shirt. (concession items can be changed for different items- at equal or lesser value, excludes candy)

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    “NAME YOUR SEAT”-Have your name, family name, graduation class,business, in memory of loved one, etc put on a seat! Also be invited to digital premier party! Recognition on screen and our reel wall.

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    “THE DEAL”- 5 Advance Ticket Packs- Each Consisting of 2 Tickets, 2 Medium Drinks and Large Popcorn. PLUS T-Shirt. (concession items can be changed for different items- at equal or lesser value, excludes candy)

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    “THE DEAL PLUS”- 5 Advance Ticket Packs- Each Consisting of 2 Tickets, 2 Medium Drinks and Large Popcorn. (concession items can be substituted for different items of equal total value-excludes candy) PLUS Randomly selected authentic movie poster from the past 20 years, 24 frames of film footage and 3D Glasses.

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    SUMMER FAMILY PASS- You and your family (up to 4 people) will receive a summer family movie pass that is good for any movies we show in July, August and September. You will also be entitled to a "bottomless" Popcorn during each of your visits! These will be the first rewards issues if we reach our goal. Plus an Elder Theatre T-Shirt.

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    ”AVID MOVIE GOER”- 9 Advance Ticket Packs- each consisting of 2 Tickets, 2 Medium Drinks and Large Popcorn. Plus One of our “Continue the Experience” T-Shirts. (concession items can be changed for different sizes- at equal or lesser value, excludes candy)

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    “DAY OF FAME”- Your name in lights on the marquee for a day. 5 Advance Ticket Packs- Each Consisting of 2 Tickets, 2 Medium Drinks and Large Popcorn. (concession items can be exchanged for items of total equal value-excludes candy) PLUS Randomly selected Movie Poster, PLUS “Name Your Seat” PLUS T-Shirt.

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    "MOVE BUFF"- Punch Card for 25 Admissions. Each Visit you will Receive Bottomless Popcorn! PLUS ‘Your Name in Lights’ PLUS ‘Name Your Seat’ PLUS Randomly Selected Movie Poster and T-Shirt. .

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    “MOVIE A MONTH FOR A YEAR”- You will receive a punch card that is good for a movie a month and you are allowed to bring a guest with you for each visit. You also will be allowed to pick out ANY size Pop and Popcorn you and your guest would like to snack on during your movie. PLUS ‘Your Name in Lights’ PLUS “Name Your Seat” PLUS Randomly Selected Movie Poster PLUS “Continue The Experience” T-Shirt. One year will start after the first time you come in.

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    “BUSINESS”- Advertise your business on screen with us for One Year! Thats Just $1.10 a day! Send us a 90 second video or slide for your business which will play several times on screen before each showing! (or we can create a slide for you) PLUS receive 10 Movie Tickets for you or your employees.

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    “PRIVATE SHOW”- Private Screening for you and 50 of your closest friends. Movies are subject to availability. Pop and Popcorn provided for each of your guests. You can watch what we are currently playing or bring a DVD of your favorite movie in to play through our new Digital Projector.

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    “KIND OF A BIG DEAL”- Private Screening for you and 100 of your closest friends. Movies are subject to availability. Pop and Popcorn provided for each of your guests. You can watch what we are currently playing or bring a DVD of your favorite movie in to play through our new Digital Projector. PLUS everything at "Day of Fame" Level If you would like to do this for a Business Showing you will also receive one year of on screen advertisement.

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    "PAY IT FORWARD"- You will Sponsor a Free Matinee, sometime around Christmas to the Public. Your name will be used in the advertisement of this matinee. PLUS- "Name Your Seat", "T-Shirt" and "Poster"

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    “FULL HOUSE”- Private Screening for you and 284 of your closest friends. Movies are subject to availability. Pop and Popcorn provided for each of your guests. You can watch what we are currently playing or bring a DVD of your favorite movie in to play through our new Digital Projector. PLUS ‘Your Name in Lights” and you also get to be a guest Projectionist for a day before we remove the old 35mm projector

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    “SUPERHERO”- The Auditorium will be name after you, your family, business, etc! Example: Smith Family Auditorium at The Elder Theatre! PLUS Private Screening for you and 284 of your closest friends. Movies are subject to availability. Pop and Popcorn provided for each of your guests. You can watch what we are currently playing or bring a DVD of your favorite movie in to play through our new Digital Projector. PLUS ‘Your Name in Lights” and you get to be a guest projectionist for a day before we remove the old 35mm Projector.

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