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Help the Hollywood Theatre save legendary Portland video store Movie Madness and its world-class collection of 80,000+ titles.
Help the Hollywood Theatre save legendary Portland video store Movie Madness and its world-class collection of 80,000+ titles.
4,639 backers pledged $315,346 to help bring this project to life.

Stretch Goal! Let's Build a Screening Room

Posted by Hollywood Theatre (Creator)

Wow. Wow!

The outpouring of generosity and support for this project has been incredible. On launch day, we were the fourth most popular project on Kickstarter, with almost $100 pledged per minute in the first 24 hours. Less than a week in, we’re already 85% of the way toward our goal. And best of all, it’s been a truly grassroots effort: The average pledge amount currently sits at $67, with more than 3,200 individual donors chipping in.

With our initial $250,000 goal in sight, it’s time to move the goalposts: Let’s build a screening room.

The screening room is an important part of our plan to make Movie Madness more sustainable. It will allow us to host special events and to apply for grant funding to support community programs and partnerships. We’ll add a bar and sell popcorn and snacks, and explore new ways Movie Madness can serve the community. And yes, if you want to rent the screening room for a private event (‘80s-themed VHS and pizza party?), that’s part of the plan, too.

We’re estimating the cost of the screening room at $75,000-$100,000:

  • $25,000: Projection & sound
  • $25,00: Soundproofing the room (crucial, due to the residential apartments upstairs)
  • $25,000-30,000: Reconfiguration/construction of screening room: labor, seats, lighting, bar

These estimates are based on our recent experience creating a microcinema at Portland International Airport, a considerably larger and more in-depth project that nonetheless informed our understanding of the costs and challenges of offsite construction work. Additionally, as part of our purchase agreement, 20% of any amount raised over $250,000 will go to Movie Madness’ current owner Mike Clark. (Mike will receive the entirety of the initial $250,000 purchase price.)

Help us reach our stretch goal of $350,000 to build a screening room at Movie Madness - increase your pledge, tell a friend, support our business sponsors, and share the #SaveMovieMadness campaign far and wide!

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      Oscar Barney on

      I live near Movie Madness and would be heart broken if it disappeared. Thank you for working to save it!

      Also, I share the same concern with william packwood. I am a little uneasy about the idea that some space would be taken up by a screening room when things are a bit full as is. A screening room sounds cool but not at the expense of something else. I would be plenty happy to see the extra funds go to a rainy day fund, Mike and curation of even more movies.

    2. Bad Monkey Productions on

      We like you, we really like you, Mike & Hollywood team. Congratulations!

    3. Steven Staniszewski on

      Screening Room?
      Fuck yeah. I'm down for that.

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      Joel Gunz on

      Awesome work! Glad to be a part of it.

    5. master_shemp on

      Excellent update! Very excited to see a screening room on the horizon, and to send some additional funds to MikeC in appreciation for creating and curating Movie Madness. And I'm looking forward to purchasing some "add-ons" as well. Keep it up!

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      william packwood on

      Outstanding campaign! Many congratulations on the success so far! Re: theater addition: assuming no increase in total square footage to the building, what part of the current floor space would a theater displace?

    7. Ryan Bergenthal on

      Right on Portland! Let’s do this thing!