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The Theater in the Middle of Nowhere wants to return to the deep playa at Burning Man. Can you help us bring back the magic?
219 backers pledged $15,148 to help bring this project to life.

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Boys and girls, it's that time again.  Burning Man is upon us and the Bijou crew is rallying for another year of being the most completely incongruous art installation on the playa.   A theater in the middle of nowhere…just..because.  (New to Burning Man or don't know what the Bijou is?  Scroll down to the "What is the Black Rock Bijou?" section at the bottom of this page!)  Once again, with your help, a hardy team of artists will construct a full-blown, delightfully dilapidated old single-screen theater that will pay homage to both the magic of the silver screen and the magic of an environment that time forgot.   Once again, with your help, brave souls who wander into the deep playa between the hours of midnight and six am will encounter an edifice that sends chills up their spines and giant candy down their gullets.   We find giving this kind of joy to people and to Black Rock City irresistible…and we hope, once again, you do too!

Your Support

Beyond the normal costs associated with the construction, transportation, and storage cost of the Bijou, your support this year will give the green light for two of the biggest renovations this old movie theater has had!

1. Expansion and redesign of the lobby: We plan on extending the lobby space by more than double the space you remember. This way our patrons can connect, congregate, share experiences and enjoy their candy without the claustrophobia or being stuck out in a storm in line.

2. Ultra Violet Sidewall Art: This year's sidewall art will be painted with Wildfire Ultraviolet paints! This is no seventh grade bedroom mind you, we plan to illuminate our wall with a very powerful Wildfire UV canon of a light placed on a tower about 40 - 50 feet out. (For us geeks: this UV Light has 400 watts of power, an 80' throw, and no purple glare!)

S-t-r-e-t-c-h Goal!

A Marquee Enhancement!

One of the artists on the crew had a dream one night of enhancing the marquee by adding a 10' center piece, similar to the picture below. Being that this piece needs to withstand high winds and has custom neon lights, the price tag is high. If we reach an extended goal of $15,000 we will fulfill Release's dream and add this third enhancement to the Bijou!

Want to see where every dollar goes?

As usual, we do our best to be as transparent with our funds as possible. Take a look our expense breakdown for this year and click through to see a detailed breakdown of our expenses.

Thank You Gifts

The Bijou couldn't come back year after year without the support it continually receives from friends of the Bijou, fans of classic film, fans of a good mind-frack and Burners who just end up in deep playa somehow. You're a part of or extended family so we've lined up a grip of special gifts to share with you =)

2013 Donor Ticket Medallion 

We've created something extra special for you this year my friend. These antique finished medallions feature the ROSEBUD wall art from 2013 in colored enamel, and is numbered with the date the man burns. Wear these around your neck... YES!!!

2013 Keepsake Box with Personalized thank you message with your name on the marquee

This custom made wooden keepsake box is the perfect place to store all of the gems you'll collect on the playa this year, and it comes with a ticket medallion to get you going.  Each box will have a picture of the 2013 Bijou with a personalized thank you message prominently displayed on the marquee with your name on it! 

2013 Donor Hoodie

Our Bijou hoodies are built to keep you warm on those cold playa nights. Each hoodie comes in guys and girls sizes and features the wall art from this year on the back.  Shortly following the Kickstarter, we'll be bothering you for your sizes!!

2013 Donor T-Shirts

Get comfy with our Bijou donor t-shirts!  Our t-shirts come in guys and girls sizes and features the wall art from this year on the back. 

2013 Donor Bandanas

Breathe easy when that dust storm kicks up on the playa this year.  Our oversized 2013 Bijou Bandanas feature the wall art from the Bijou on one corner!

What is the Black Rock Bijou?

Inspired by the theater from "The Last Picture Show", the Black Rock Bijou brings that forgotten, wondrous experience of going to the movies back to life, with the brilliant, classic black-and-white films you almost forgot, in the kind of setting that's more or less vanished—the single-screen, small-town cinema. But just like Black Rock City itself, once a year it magically reappears. And because it's part of the magic of Burning Man, the movie and the candy are free to all who brave the long journey, by foot, bike, or art car, into the Bermuda Triangle of Burning Man, known as the "Deep Playa," for the late-night show.

What's the Bijou experience like?

Imagine wandering through deep playa and you see a light flickering in the distance. Upon closer inspection, you realize it's a brick building…a theater...in the middle of nowhere. You step through the doors and see a candy counter with a theater employee behind it who asks you what you would like? After being handed a movie sized Snickers bar, you make your way through the sea of people in the lobby and see a tiny red curtain on the back wall - no higher than your waist... do you go through? Is this a joke?

You pull the curtain back but before you can go through two people pop out with that "WTF" look on their face...you look at them, they look at you while shaking their heads and loudly whisper "You gotta go in there!" You kneel down, step through the curtain and... =)

A time-lapse of how the Bijou was birthed:

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge: Funding.

We have an incredible team of craftsman, carpenters, and-around creative boys and girls geared up to start working. The bijou has been lucky enough to receive funding for the last three burns. Whether it's private funding or from community, this old theater has found a way to stay open. Every year it's a challenge but with your continued permission, we'd like to continue the tradition.

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    THANK YOU for helping bring the Bijou back to the Playa in 2013! You're a friend of the Bijou and we want everyone to know, so we're putting your name on the Friends of the Bijou wall on our website!

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    STICKER >> You're name's going up on the wall, but we also want to send you a little something to remember us by so at this level we're sending you a sticker with the imagery from on 2013 wall on it.

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    PATCH >> Ooooh, we know you love patches! Especially when they come with the adhesive so that all you have to do is open the package and iron it on!! This patch will display "Deep Playa Movie Enthusiast." (You're also getting your name on the wall and the STICKER!)

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    BANDANA >> You know know that you can never have enough of these, especially by the end of the week. We know damn well you were planning on getting one more so here you go!! (you'll also be receiving our sticker and we'll be adding your beautiful name to the Friends of the Bijou section of our website.)

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    BIJOU SUPPORT T-SHIRT >> You're getting the 2013 Donor T-Shirt! You will be rocking the beautiful Bijou t-shirt with our Rosebud image on it! (you'll also be receiving our sticker and we'll be adding your beautiful name to the Friends of the Bijou section of our website.)

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    TICKET MEDALLION>> This is our special gift back to the donating community. We created a permanent Bijou Movie ticket for you. This copper finished medallion is a very special thank you gift from all of us. BEWARE: If you wear this to the theater be prepared for the biggest hug of your life. (you'll also be receiving our sticker and we'll be adding your beautiful name to the Friends of the Bijou section of our website.)

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    COMBO PACK >> We're throwing everything so far into the basket. The TICKET MEDALLION, the DONOR T-SHIRT, the BANDANA, the PATCH, and the STICKER, and we're adding your beautiful name to the Friends of the Bijou section of our website.

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    3 TICKET MEDALLIONS >> Have one and share some with your friends. We're sending you 3 medallion tickets, the sticker, and we're adding your beautiful name to the Friends of the Bijou section of our website.

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    HOODIE >> As we all know, the temp can reach 37 degrees Fahrenheit very quickly on the playa. Stay warm with our Bijou hoodie. =) You'll also receive the 2013 STICKER and we're adding your beautiful name to the Friends of the Bijou section of our website.

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    COMMEMORATIVE POSTER>> Pledge $200 or more and receive a custom commemorative poster, to be designed by award winning graphic artist, and friend of the Bijou, Micah Hahn. This poster will, of course, be movie "one-sheet" size (27" x 41") and will be a true collectible—the first of what we hope will be an annual tradition!

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    ONE OF EVERYTHING >> If it's too much to choose from so far, we'll make it easy on you. At this level, you'll get one of you're getting the HOODIE, the TICKET MEDALLION, the T-SHIRT, the BANDANA, the PATCH, and we're adding your beautiful name to the Friends of the Bijou section of our website.

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    CUSTOM KEEPSAKE BOX WITH PERSONALIZED THANK YOU >> We're sending you a custom made wooden keepsake box with the 2013 TICKET MEDALLION. Each box will have a 5x7 inch picture of that little theater but WAIT!! Here's the special part: in that picture, the marquee will be displaying a special "Thank You (your name)" spelled out in the display. This is not Photoshop, we are doing this on the playa!! (dead serious)

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    CUSTOM BLACK ROCK BIJOU MASON JAR PLAYA GLOBE >> These custom mason jar snow globes will feature the lone Bijou theater just like you remember including a few bikes scattered around, trash fence and playa floating around as you shake it. It's almost as if you are the controller of BRC dust storms. (In addition to the Playa Globe, you just landed yourself a hoody, t-shirt, patch, bandana, and a sticker.)

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    A CUSTOM SHOWING FOR YOU >> Thank you, thank you, thank you...at this point, we're going to set you and your camp up with a special screening at the time of your choosing anytime between 8am-11pm. Escape to the Bijou and get lost in any one of the movies we have screening that week. In addition to the movie, your party will all be gifted one of our medallions. (max medallions: 30)

    This is truly a great treat you can gift to your fellow Burner friends. Once you donate, we'll get in touch with you immediately to discuss details and really make this special.

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