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One of America's great small-town movie theatres needs your help to convert to digital.

The historic Vassar Theatre is a single-screen movie theatre located in rural Vassar, Michigan. The theatre opened in 1937 and continues to light downtown Vassar, showing first-run movies seven days a week.

Current view of auditorium from balcony
Current view of auditorium from balcony

In its 75-year history, the theatre has survived numerous floods, extended closures, vandalism, economic hardships and the ravages of time. After a complete restoration the theatre was rechristened in 2005 and was soon-after voted "Mid-Michigan's best movie theatre". But our work is not yet finished and our biggest challenge lies ahead.

1939 when old cars really did line the streets, and the grand re-opening fireworks in 2005
1939 when old cars really did line the streets, and the grand re-opening fireworks in 2005

Go Digital Or Go Dark

In the very near future (likely this year), 35mm film will be eliminated forever at which time movies will only be distributed to theatres on digital media. We must install the expensive digital projection equipment necessary to continue to play current movies and keep the theatre open. The cost of this equipment is about $65,000.

Digital projection equipment will allow us to continue to show current movies with crystal-clear video and sound as well as various alternative content that was not available on film. Although we've taken great pride in our superior film presentation to date, digital technology has come of age and we need to adapt or die.

Our popular Wednesday "Senior Matinee"
Our popular Wednesday "Senior Matinee"

Become A Movie Hero

Although the theatre has received great support from the community, the fact is, like most single-screen theatres, the Vassar simply cannot jump this hurdle alone. We need YOUR help to make this happen and prevent this theatre from languishing.

Marquee restoration in 2010
Marquee restoration in 2010

But It's All or Nothing

We must be successful in reaching our entire goal or we receive nothing. Please help us get the word out by sharing this Kickstarter link with your friends and followers.

"In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us." - Flora Edwards

Won't you please lend your support to keep this wonderful theatre an important part of our life and community?

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We've already done a great deal of research to determine what types of equipment will work best for our application and what technical requirements will be necessary to perform the installation.

The main risk we face is that of imminent closure in the event that our fundraising campaign is unsuccessful.

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    "Thank You!" - You will receive a special commemorative thank-you card with a genuine 35mm film cell enclosed and your name will be included on our video wall of fame which will precede our feature presentation for one year.

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    "Movie Poster" - You'll receive a randomly-selected unused theatrical movie poster from our collection along with our commemorative card with a genuine film cell and inclusion on our video wall of fame.

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    "Movie Film" - You will receive two feet of real 35mm movie footage in a genuine film can plus our commemorative card and inclusion on our video wall of fame. You'll be able to show your grandchildren how movies were shown back in the day...

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    "Date Night" - You will receive two admission passes with "bottomless" popcorn and drinks good for any one show, any time. You'll also receive the commemorative thank-you card and credit on our video wall-of-fame.

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    "Popcorn Punch Card" - Our (almost) world-famous popcorn is a popular takeout item! You'll receive a punch card good for (12) large buttered popcorns "to go" (limited to takeout only); plus the commemorative card and inclusion on our wall of fame.

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    "Just Gear" - You'll get one of our 75th anniversary T-shirts, a 75th anniversary coffee mug, and a Movie Hero wrist band. A great gift for out-of-town donors.

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    "Pay It Forward" - Here's an opportunity to help others in the community while helping us. We'll donate four movie passes in your name with "bottomless" drinks and popcorn vouchers to the Human Development Commission for distribution to low income families in Tuscola county.

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    "4 Square" - You'll receive four admission passes with "bottomless" popcorn and drinks good for any one show, any time. You'll also receive the commemorative thank-you card and credit on our video wall-of-fame.

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    "75th Anniversary Special" - You'll receive a 75th anniversary T-shirt, mug, Movie Hero wrist band, two feet of 35mm film in a can, and four free admission passes with "bottomless" popcorn and drinks good for any one show, any time; and inclusion on the video wall of fame.

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    "Your Name in Lights" - You pick the day and we'll place your message on one side of the marquee. We'll snap a photograph or you can take your own for a lifetime keepsake. Great for a birthday wish, anniversary or even a wedding proposal! Or we'll post YOUR name with a big thank-you for your support. You'll also receive the commemorative card and inclusion on our video wall of fame.

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    "Movie Party" - A private showing for you and up to 20 guests featuring the movie of your choice (subject to availability) and unlimited popcorn and drinks for all. You'll also receive our commemorative card and your name will be included on our video wall of fame.

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    "Movie Punch Card" - Good for 26 admissions to any of our regular shows for a period of one year from date of issue. You'll also receive our commemorative card with film cell and a big thank you on our wall of fame.

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    "2 x Punch Card" - You'll receive two of our punch cards, each good for 26 admissions to any of our regular shows for a period of one year from date of issue. You'll also receive our commemorative card with film cell and a big thank you on our wall of fame. A great value for our greatest fans.

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    "The Golden Reel" - You'll receive one of the original Vassar Theatre 35mm Art Deco film reels used from 1937 to 1992. The reel will be specially processed in a gold colored finish and mounted on a custom made walnut base with an engraved brass plaque. Only twelve of these will be made - a unique and collectable item! You will also receive the commemorative card and inclusion on our video wall of fame.

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    "Pizza Party" - A private showing for you and up to 50 guests featuring the movie of your choice (subject to availability) and unlimited pizza, popcorn and drinks for all. You'll also receive our commemorative card and inclusion on our video wall of fame.

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    "Community Hero" - You or your company will sponsor a special Family Matinee that will be offered FREE to the public. Your name will be used in all print and digital advertising and displayed on the marquee for one week prior to the event. You'll also get our 75th anniversary T-shirt and mug, commemorative card and wall of fame recognition.

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    "Corporate/Business Sponsor" - Includes on-screen pre-show advertising of your business for one year; plus a private show for your employees (up to 200) including popcorn and drinks; your company name displayed on the marquee for one week; a 75th anniversary T-shirt and mug and the Golden Reel award. You'll receive our commemorative card and special mention on our video wall of fame.

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    "Angel" - If you're considering a donation at this level, chances are you don't need another T-shirt or coffee mug. What you WILL get is our eternal gratitude and the priceless satisfaction of knowing that you helped save an important landmark for the people of our small community whose lives will be made richer and fuller because of your gift.

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