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Pretty please with popcorn on top!Help!!

Our family owned & operated Theatre in Fairfax VA is looking to get help upgrading our seats.
Pretty please with popcorn on top!Help!! Our family owned & operated Theatre in Fairfax VA is looking to get help upgrading our seats.
1,260 backers pledged $112,536 to help bring this project to life.

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“So, you want to open a theatre that specializes in showing “art” movies in the suburbs…? … you’re nuts!!” That’s what we heard countless times back in 1999. Thankfully, I listened to the smart one in my family, my wife, Loretta –plus a few close friends that knew I was not easily swayed from an idea stuck in my head!!

An SBA loan was obtained by my past co-founder, Jim Tomashoff, and myself to do renovations, buy projection and sound equipment… and new seats. We opened August 20, 1999 with our fingers crossed. It was slow sledding for over a year. But, then we found our rhythm with programming. Having the best in foreign and independent films was fantastic. We mixed in some commercial films meant, in part, for the “older, discerning audience: 0films like “THE GREEN MILE” and “AMERICAN BEAUTY.” We also tried to offer creative concessions. They included hummus, individual sized desserts, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, coffee (not offered in other joints at the time) ….And… Sushi!! Yes, employees ate a lot of leftover sushi!!! We developed a niche in a very competitive market… lots of other theatres (more now!!). We chose to do all sorts of interesting events… Never afraid to test something or offer a variety of entertainment. We have done film festivals (from Horror to a great Jewish festival), one time showings of young filmmakers work, High School film class student projects, classics, morning movies (first in the area!) ,local “arts” events, Opera and Ballet, even marriage proposals!! Our film club has been a staple since we opened… offering a slate of films that push the envelope, and we even assess their value for us playing them in a regular run.

We have been blessed, lucky, omniscient, energized and hardworking… And have loved every minute of it!! Through it all, there has always been one constant… our customers!!! They are the most loyal, engaged, fun loving bunch of people one could ever imagine!! Our customers made us what we are today…. One the best art houses in the country For limited releases (“HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE,” “CAPTAIN FANTASTIC,” “HELL OR HIGH WATER” for example) we are consistently in the top 20% in total box office gross… in the entire USA. Thanks to our customers, we are known throughout the DC region as a consistent, reliable source of good movies. It is this wonderful, endearing group of people who have inspired us to replace the seats at Cinema Arts Theatre. Sometimes subtly, most times with loving honesty, they have “suggested” it is time take the plunge and get new chairs.

We have now surveyed, tested and voted on which one to get. We all picked a very comfortable “rocker”, that is wider with armrests that are wider and moveable making a loveseat. We stand to lose about 25% of our current capacity, but it will be most worth the effort… more space, too… A winner!! We need your help. These seats are not cheap. Our goal is $100,000. Not the total cost but enough to keep our debt way more reasonable!! This is your chance to be an honored part of something grand… Cinema Arts Theatre. We’re like family… your neighborhood theatre. We are all in this together. Help us move to the next level of commitment to excellence!! Help us continue to “DARE TO BE DIFFERENT”… offering great movies that make you think, engage all your emotions, take you to another place, refresh your “psyche”.... Entertain. There are a number of levels of rewards (listed to the right) that correspond to the amount that you pledge. We have 31 days… We need to hit our goal or we get nothing, nada, zilch!! Please pledge. Then send this link to everyone you know. Send it all over the world!! Kickstarter tells us that a healthy percentage of participants (heroes we call them) are nowhere near us or even know of our theatre!! Your credit card is not charged until after the campaign ends and we hit goal. I hope you know we thank you all for everything you have done foe Cinema Arts from the bottom of our hearts!!! We have always appreciated your business, your sharing of your love for movies and for always being our friends!!! Thank you…..

Mark O’Meara Cinema Arts Theatre

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We know that only with the help of our customers and community we can complete this campaign. It will be hard to meet our goal, but as we have been able to do this for our other theatres we believe that this is possible.

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    Thank You from all of us

    Get your name on the big screen with a Thank You from all of us here at Cinema Arts, because you are all our heroes.

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    Free Pass and Popcorn

    Get one free pass to our theatre and a small popcorn as well as your name on the big screen.

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    Date Night

    Date night! Get 2 free Passes and a Combo Light, as well as your name on the Big Screen.

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    Dinner and a Movie

    Get Dinner and a movie on us, for two. From a list of approved restaurants.

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    10 Free Passes

    Get 10 Free Passes to our movie theatre, and your name on the big screen.

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    Re-Usable Popcorn tub

    Get a Re-usable Popcorn tub (128 oz) that can be used to get $1 popcorn refills for one year.

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    Preshow Playlist

    You get to make our playlist to be played in the theatres between showings and in the lobby (Must be family friendly) for two weeks.

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    Birthday Bash

    Host your party at our theatre! Gets you and up to 20 of your friends into any movie we have, and everyone gets popcorn and soda. We will also post your picture our our website to celebrate the occasion.

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    T-shirt

    Get a custom Cinema Arts t-shirt, the reusable popcorn tub, 10 tickets

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    Movie ID

    Get our Movie ID for Free Movies for a Year for one person (Some special showings may be exempt). And a exclusive Cinema Arts T-shirt

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    New Candy Picks

    Pick a new candy for us to carry for 6 months with a 'Recommended By ___' both on our website and concession stand. Plus the Reusable popcorn tub, and your candy choice free for the 6 months available.

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    You asked for it!

    Get the one Movie ID (free movies for a year) , and the reusable popcorn tub ($1 refills for a year)!!

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    Donor Plate

    Get your Name on a donor plate on one of our new chairs, so everyone knows you helped support the campaign permanently. (Does not give you the right to sit in the seat exclusively) Plus 10 free tickets.

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    Bonus Play

    Your name on a chair and 10 free movie pases. Plus your choice of.. 10 more movie passes, or Re-usable Popcorn tub ($1 refills for a year), or 6 Date Night combos.

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    Private Party

    Private morning screening for you and 25 guests. Include a breakfast brunch.

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    Menu Rename

    Get one of our Combos Renamed after you fro 4 months as well as getting that item for free for a year, and 20 free tickets

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    Pre-Screening Party

    Party and Pre-Screening on a Thursday night before it the movie opens for the public for you and 20 guests, includes snacks and other goodies. Seating will be roped off for you and your guests to have the best seats in the house.

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    Video/Advertisement

    Get an 8 second video/powerpoint advertisement or message on the Big Screen before our movies play for 2 months.

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Funding period

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