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Hollywood is forcing theaters to upgrade to digital projectors at great expense as the era of 35mm film comes to an end.

Over the years, the Crescent has brought over 150 independent, arthouse films to the region that didn't go to the multiplex.  Tens-of-thousands of patrons have flocked to our theater to see these films, and we are so thankful for all of your support, whether you've only been once or come each and every week.  For all of you, the Crescent's upgrade to digital will bring a whole new level of picture and digital sound quality to your filmgoing experience.  You might say this is an exciting time because it's not just a change, it's an improvement!

About The Crescent Theater

The Crescent Theater is a one-screen, art-house movie theater nestled on Dauphin Street in historic downtown Mobile, and serves a prominent role in the LoDa Arts and Entertainment District.  The Crescent Theater was first opened in 2008 with the mission to bring first-run art-house and independent feature films to Mobile and the surrounding region.

Crescent Theater in the 2012 Mardi Gras Season
Crescent Theater in the 2012 Mardi Gras Season

The Crescent Theater is more than just a movie theater -- it is also used by the community to debut locally produced feature-length films, to host the SoAL Film Festival, and to screen short films events and competitions such as the Mobile Bay Film Scramble.  It is also used as a venue for live theater performances, radio plays, improv comedy troupes, and even live music performances that span from rock to rap and everything in-between.

Max Morey behind the counter in the Crescent Theater lobby
Max Morey behind the counter in the Crescent Theater lobby

The Crescent Theater is owned by Max Morey, who wears many hats here in the theater.  On most days, he is here in the theater booking films, threading the projector, selling tickets and concessions, introducing the film, and even cleaning up after the movie.  In addition to Max, the Crescent is staffed by Head Projectionist and "Sunday Guy" Judson McDaniel, SoAL Film Fest Liaison and "Wednesday Guy" Charles Kuntz, and Assistant Manager and "Internet Guy" Will Fawcett.

Crescent Theater interior
Crescent Theater interior

The Crescent Theater has 90 seats, 10 of which are leather recliners that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The theater is supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Crescent Theater Film Society, a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)3 status pending, whose efforts have been invaluable in keeping the theater open, but the challenge that lies ahead in converting to digital is beyond their means.

Go Digital, or Die

In 2013, production of 35mm film will end, and all theaters in the US are being forced by Hollywood to upgrade to digital at great expense, or to close their doors.  Mobile's own Crescent Theater is no exception. This kickstarter campaign will help us fund the necessary equipment to make this transition.  With your support, we will be able to continue to bring independent, arthouse films to Mobile and the surrounding region for many years to come.

The cost of converting to digital is greater than we can afford, so we are appealing to the community to help us fund it through this kickstarter.  In addition to our undying love and devotion, if funded, we've got some wonderful gifts for you in exchange for your contribution to this cause.

What is this project funding?

If we meet our goal, this money will be used to fund the Crescent Theater's conversion to digital by purchasing and installing the following equipment 

  • DCI-Compliant 2K Digital Projector
  • Digital Cinema Media Server
  • Lens
  • Bulbs
  • 100% New, Full-Digital Surround Sound System
  • Installation
  • Training

If we meet or exceed our goal, the additional funds will be used to repair or replace some of the black leather recliners, to purchase spare parts such as bulbs, and to fund general maintenance and upkeep of the theater.

Left: 35mm Projector  Right: Digital Cinema Projector
Left: 35mm Projector Right: Digital Cinema Projector

When will the Crescent's conversion to digital be completed?

When the project has been funded, the equipment order will be placed immediately, and will be scheduled for installation as soon as possible based on our current lineup of films at that time, which will likely be near mardi gras in early 2013.

What happens if the project isn't funded?

Kickstarter requires that for any money to change hands, we must meet or exceed our goal.  If we don't succeed, it's been a great 4 years serving you, and we'll continue to show films on 35mm for as long as possible.  The closing of the Crescent Theater would result in the loss of an important cultural asset which is key to the development of downtown Mobile's emerging 24-hour a day economy.

History of the Crescent Theater

The original Crescent Theater first opened its doors at 208 Dauphin St. in Mobile, Alabama in 1885 as a vaudeville theater.  In 1912 it was converted to show 35mm silent black and white films in what was, at the time, the most up-to-date theater in the city.  Rebuilt from the ground up by John Switzer, former business partner of Max Morey, the Crescent Theater was reopened in October 2008 with a mission to bring independent arthouse films to the City of Mobile.  The current incarnation of the Crescent Theater will celebrate its 4th anniversary in October, 2012.

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