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Help us go digital or we'll go dark!

Save our theater! 

We're a small town with a love of movies! 

Movie theatres have been told "convert to digital or close"
Movie theatres have been told "convert to digital or close"

 

Photo courtesy of Troy Bennett, Bangor Daily News
Photo courtesy of Troy Bennett, Bangor Daily News



Hollywood studios are reducing their movie production and distribution costs by eliminating the use of film. Every movie theater will either convert their film projection systems to the digital format or they will have no movies to show.  

This means that the Harbor Theater must upgrade its audio and visual equipment at an estimated cost of at least $70,000.



Since the Harbor Theater is an independently owned theater, it will have to pay these costs on its own. The Harbor Theater is a labor of love, operated as a community service by a retiree. There is no shrewd businessman or big chain behind this local theater, just a man who loves movies. The theatre just breaks even so we are appealing to movie lovers to help us make the transition into the digital age. 

Photo courtesy of Troy Bennett, Bangor Daily News.
Photo courtesy of Troy Bennett, Bangor Daily News.



Digital is the future, plain and simple. The digital picture and sound is awesome!! Moviegoers will be pleased. No more scratches, pops, splices, or missing frames!
 
Here is a link to an article about digital conversion:

http://www.indiewire.com/article/were-about-to-lose-1-000-small-theaters-that-cant-convert-to-digital-does-it-matter#.UASNH_XCZ8E

Photo courtesy of Troy Bennett, Bangor Daily News
Photo courtesy of Troy Bennett, Bangor Daily News

To stay open, The Harbor Theater needs to purchase the following equipment: 


A “D-Cinema” digital projector
An upgraded audio system to deliver digitally produced sound.
New lenses to display the movie properly on the screen.
A server to download and store the digital movie content.
A backup system to keep the server online in case of power failure.
The base for the projection system and server.
Cost of delivery, installation and alignment of this new equipment.

Kickstarter may be the answer!

Our small community is doing its best to help us raise the money we need to upgrade to digital equipment. Over one hundred people have made pledges totaling over $26,000 towards our digital upgrade. This is a great start, but time is running out! We need to make the conversion before 35mm film becomes unavailable. It is already getting hard for us to get 35mm films to run. It is anticipated film will become unavailable as soon as the first quarter of 2013. 

 
We're hoping the Kick Starter community will come to our rescue and help us raise the rest of the money we need.


Our donors will receive the best rewards we can think of! 

 

Keep in mind Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding opportunity. If we don't reach our goal, the pledged funds disappear and we have nothing.

This is our last shot! Please help the Harbor Theatre make the conversion so we can continue to provide movies in the Boothbay region for years to come!

The Harbor Theatre hosts several Special Events each year, including The Boothbay Region Dramatic Short Film Festival. featuring movies made by local high school students.
The Harbor Theatre hosts several Special Events each year, including The Boothbay Region Dramatic Short Film Festival. featuring movies made by local high school students.
The theatre has also hosted documentaries about Maine history...
The theatre has also hosted documentaries about Maine history...
...and filmmaker-hosted Maine documentaries and features.
...and filmmaker-hosted Maine documentaries and features.

Further reading about the digital dilemma:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/25/movies/resort-towns-face-a-last-picture-show.html?_r=1&hp&gwh=F6F2B9795E8F6781E4445BA2F8809C9A

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    Out-of-Town: For donors who won't be able to visit The Harbor Theatre in person we will provide a video walk-through tour including our 1932 projection booth & the digital projector after it is installed. We will also provide a video of our digital premier showing highlights when available. Plus, your name will be listed on the Harbor Theatre website on a special DONORS PAGE, and you receive one second (24 frames) of actual 35mm film.

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    Birthday Party Special! You get the whole theater for yourself and up to 40 friends. Pick the movie of your choice (subject to availability). Includes a birthday cake, sodas, popcorn, and one second (24 frames) of actual 35mm film for you and each of your guests. Available during non- operative hours. Your name on the Harbor Theatre's website on the DONORS PAGE, & onscreen prior to shows. Plus an invite to our digital premier screening in 2013 where we will personally thank you for your donation!

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    A special screening of the movie of your choice for up to 150 of your friends! (Subject to availability). We'll take a picture of your group, give one to you, and hang one in our lobby. One second (24 frames) of actual 35mm film for you and your guests, plus your name will be listed on the Harbor Theatre's website on a special DONORS PAGE, onscreen prior to shows, & in the lobby with your photo, with price bracket noted. Plus an invite to our digital premier in 2013 where we will personally thank you for your donation!

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    Business/Group Package 10 free admission movie passes, each admits two people, popcorn and soda included - plus your company/group name displayed in our lobby with price bracket noted, a pre-movie 20-second screen ad including your company or group’s logo, on-screen for 1 full year And one second (24 frames) of actual 35mm film for each pass recipient. Plus an invite to our digital premier in 2013 where we will personally thank you for your donation!

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    Unlimited free admission, with popcorn & drinks for four for a full year. You will be immortalized in Harbor Theatre history! - your 5”x7” photo will be displayed in our lobby with price bracket noted, on the theatre's website on a special DONORS PAGE, & onscreen prior to shows, plus an invite to our digital premier in 2013 where we personally will thank you for your donation! And one second (24 frames) of actual 35mm film for you & each of your guests

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    You will be our guest projectionist for one evening's performance while we are still running film so that you can tell your friends about the experience before film disappears forever. We will guide you through the setup and you will actually run the feature! Plus... You will be immortalized in Harbor Theater history: your 8”x10” framed photograph will be displayed in our lobby with price bracket noted, your name will be listed on the Harbor Theater's website on a special DONORS PAGE & onscreen prior to shows. Plus 10 free admission movie passes for two, including popcorn & drink, plus an invite to our digital premier in 2013 where we will personally thank you for your donation! And one second (24 frames) of actual 35mm film for each pass holder.

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    A private screening for up to 180 people - includes free 'bottomless' drink cup and 'bottomless' popcorn cup refillable for the length of the feature film - You will be able to choose the film yourself (subject to availability). Plus... Your business/group/club/team/or family will be immortalized in Harbor Theater history - We will display an 8”x10” framed photograph of you and your group in our lobby with price bracket noted, on the Harbor Theater's website on a special DONORS PAGE & onscreen prior to shows. Plus an invite to our digital premier in 2013 where we will personally thank you for your donation! And one second (24 frames) of actual 35mm film for you and your guests.

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    A weekend stay at one of the Boothbay region's finest B&Bs. We will pick you and a guest up and take you back after the digital premier screening. We will put your name up in lights on our marquee welcoming you, & roll out a red carpet for your entrance. Also included, dinner for two at one of Boothbay Harbor's finest restaurants. Then I will personally escort you to 2 reserved seats in the theater that you choose in advance. And, of course... you will be immortalized in Harbor Theater history - your 8'x10' framed photograph will be displayed in our lobby with price bracket noted, on our website on the special DONORS PAGE and onscreen prior to shows. Plus 10 free admission movie passes, each good for two, including popcorn & drinks - Plus an invite to our digital premier in 2013 where we personally thank you for your donation! And one second (24 frames) of actual 35mm film for you and each of your pass recipients.

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    A two week stay in an Italian villa in Collodi Castello, 12mi. from Lucca and 35 miles from Florence and Pisa. When you return, choose your favorite movie & we will book it at the The Harbor Theatre for one whole week (subject to availability) including a private screening for you and up to 180 of your friends, including popcorn & soda. (It's your chance to impose your movie taste on the rest of Boothbay Harbor) PLUS you get four LIFETIME Harbor Theatre VIP passes, includes free admittance, no-waiting, free popcorn & drink each visit, a Harbor Theatre movie party, your name on a seat, a perpetual pre-show screen message, web & lobby recognition. Plus an invite to our digital premier in 2013 where we personally thank you for your donation! Also one second (24 frames) of actual 35mm film for you and each of your guests.

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