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Join Long Beach Cinematheque as we embark on our biggest project yet - the opening of our own community arthouse cinema!

After five years and over 200 screenings and multimedia events, the Long Beach Cinematheque is excited to announce our greatest project yet - the opening of a new arthouse theatre in Santa Ana, The Frida Cinema!

We'll be applying our renown spirit of community collaboration and innovative programming into a two-screen, 650-seat cinema in the heart of downtown Santa Ana's cradle of art and culture, and already have some exciting screening and events on the horizon:

* The 4th Annual OC Film Fiesta

* The Southern California premiere of Valo5.

* The Orange County premiere of the South Eastern European Film Festival (SEEFest)

* The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Program

* And the return of our popular midnight series, Mondo Midnights!

Of course, we won't stop there!  We're already working with educational organizations, film societies, event and art curators, and community leaders in exploring programming and series ideas, and welcome anyone to reach out and share their ideas and vision for a community arthouse with us.   Our aim is to be experimental, creative, and free with our programming, and we are so extremely excited about the flexibility that having two auditoriums will provide.

In order to make this vision come true, we are reaching out to our fellow lovers of film, art, and community in our effort to obtain a digital projector for The Frida.  The theatre currently houses two 35mm projectors, and don't worry - we'll be keeping both of them, and using them to screen films on classic 35mm as often as we can!  But as our mission is to screen student, independent, festival, foreign, documentary, and other such films that are often only available digitally, a digital projector is integral to that vision.

We have lined up an assortment of goodies for our Kickstarter supporters, all of which are tailored for people who love cinema as much as we do (and popcorn and soda lovers, too!).  Please watch our video, learn a little about our history and our mission, and support our cause! 

Thanks for reading, and keep watching!

Logan Crow - Executive Director/Founder, Long Beach Cinematheque

The Frida Cinema is a program of the Long Beach Cinematheque, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization.  Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  Gifts of $250 or higher will be acknowledged by letter; for all other donations, your credit card receipt will suffice as proof of donation.  For more information, speak to your tax professional.  Federal Tax ID 27-0950151.

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We are extremely fortunate to be moving into a space that has been screening first-run films, so there's no need for a major closure or construction. Our digital projector will complement the 35mm system that is already in place, and should our project fund, we have been assured that our digital installation should be complete in time for us to have our Grand Opening as scheduled in early September, 2013!

Should we collect any funds above and beyond what is needed for the digital projector, they will be applied in full towards upgrading and beautifying The Frida.

FAQ

  • No! This is an Expansion, not an Exodus!

    The Cinematheque will continue to program diverse multimedia events for the Long Beach community, and continues to foster new relationships with Long Beach organizations in the effort to launch exciting new collaborative projects! This year we are excited to announce two new event partners - Friends of Bixby Park, and University Art Museum at CSU Long Beach - and together we will be bringing the Outdoor Cinema experience to venues throughout the city. The Guts & Bolts Short Films Festival is an exciting new project in partnership with Toaster Music and the Arts Council for Long Beach, and will bring short films to the HOPA district this September. And of course, our Long Beach Zombie Walk will return this October!

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  • Whereas The Frida needs a digital projector first and foremost to serve an arthouse audience, it needs SO much more. We have some pretty lofty dreams for the cinema, and your continued support will be matched by our continued resolve to make it a premiere destination for lovers of cinema. Every dollar raised on this Kickstarter campaign will be dedicated to the improvement, management, and/or programming of The Frida Cinema.

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  • Yep! The Frida Cinema is a program of the Long Beach Cinematheque, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. For gifts under $250, your credit card receipt will suffice as proof of donation - should you still wish to receive a letter, let us know and we'll send one your way! As required by law, all gifts of $250 or higher will be acknowledged by letter. For more information, speak to your tax professional. Federal Tax ID 27-0950151.

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    Thanks for joining our crusade! You have earned our gratitude, and the right to proudly say you've done your part to keep arthouse cinema alive! We'll acknowledge your gift in our weekly e-mail update!

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    TWO TICKETS for the Frida Cinema screening(s) of your choice! Pick any two flicks, or choose one and bring a date! No expiration date; not valid on theatre rental events.

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    TWO TICKETS to use for the Frida Cinema screening(s) of your choice, AND your very own Frida Cinema tee-shirt! Pick any two flicks, or choose one and bring a date! No expiration date; not valid on theatre rental events.

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    Your very own Frida Cinema/Long Beach Cinematheque annual RED METAL MEMBERSHIP CARD! Save $3 on all regularly-priced screenings, all year long! Flash your card around town for savings and rewards! AND we'll throw in a couple of free movie passes! AND you'll get an invite to our Grand Opening Party!

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    OPTION 3 - Or is soda more your speed? That's right - FREE SODA FOR A YEAR! With your paid admission to any show, enjoy a large refillable cup of the soda of your choice for 12 full months! PLUS - your very own, limited edition I LIKE SODA POP or ME GUSTA SODA POP tee-shirt! AND you'll get an invite to our Grand Opening Party!

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    OPTION 2 - Hey, ya like popcorn? How about FREE POPCORN FOR A YEAR!? That's right - with your paid admission to any show, enjoy a large tub of refillable popcorn for 12 full months! Plus unlimited access to all the buttery topping and seasoned salt you can handle! PLUS - your very own, limited edition Frida Cinema I LIKE POPCORN or ME GUSTA POPCORN tee-shirt! AND you'll get an invite to our Grand Opening Party!

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    OPTION 1 - Your very own Frida Cinema/Long Beach Cinematheque RED METAL MEMBERSHIP CARD, PLUS your very own Frida Cinema tee-shirt! Save money year-round on screenings! Flash your card around town for savings and rewards! PLUS we'll include your name in our Kickstarter Sponsors slide, which will run before all screenings through February, 2014! PLUS a pair of free movie passes, too! AND you'll get an invite to our Grand Opening Party!

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    OPTION 2 - MIDNIGHT MANIAC! Think you can handle a full year's worth of midnight movies?? At $100, you'll get to join your fellow cult/midnight/camp/horror cine-insomniacs for a full YEAR, simply by flashing us your very own red MIDNIGHT MANIAC card as you strut into the lobby! PLUS we'll send you your very own MIDNIGHT MANIAC Diploma, signed by "Forbidden Zone" director/Oingo Boingo founder Richard Elfman!

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    OPTION 1 - TWO Red Card Memberships! You get two Frida Cinema/Long Beach Cinematheque RED METAL MEMBERSHIP CARDS, which save you $3 on all regularly-priced screenings! Flash your card around town for savings and rewards! PLUS we'll include your name in our Kickstarter Sponsors slide, which will run before all screenings through February, 2014! AND we'll throw in FOUR FREE TICKETS to the movie(s) of your choice! AND you'll get TWO tickets to our Grand Opening Party!

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    You like popcorn AND soda? How about FREE POPCORN AND SODA FOR A FULL YEAR?! You'll get to load up on popcorn and soda every time you buy a ticket to a show at The Frida - PLUS we'll hook you up with BOTH a limited edition I LIKE POPCORN or ME GUSTA POPCORN shirt AND a I LIKE SODA or ME GUSTA SODA shirt! Plus we'll kick in four movie tickets, AND you'll get two tickets to our Grand Opening Party!

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    2013 FRIEND OF THE FRIDA - A $250 donation makes you a Friend of the Frida! What's that mean? A special BLACK METAL MEMBERSHIP CARD that gets you FREE MOVIES, FREE POPCORN, and FREE SODA - all year long!! Flash your Black card at any Frida screening to get in, and we'll hook you up with kernels and fizz! PLUS we'll be honoring our major supporters and donors on our lobby wall through 2014, and will have a section just for our Friends - see your name on our wall every time you come by! AND you'll get TWO tickets to our Grand Opening Party!

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    2013 SILVER SCREEN ICON - A $1,000 gets you everything at the Patron Level, PLUS we'll have a special slide up before every screening at The Frida acknowledging our Silver Screen Icon supporters! SEE YOUR NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN THROUGH 2014! Or if you'd rather we acknowledge your company or organization, that works too! PLUS you'll get your own PAIR of BLACK METAL MEMBERSHIP cards - enjoy movies, popcorn, and soda all year! AND you'll get FOUR tickets to our Grand Opening Party! FINALLY, we'll acknowledge all our Silver Screen Icons with special e-interviews that will be blasted out on our Newsletters and Social Media - tell our friends and readers why film and a community arthouse cinema means this much to you or your organization!

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    MOVIE PARTY AT THE FRIDA FOR YOU AND 100 OF YOUR FRIENDS!! That's right! Pick your favorite movie - we won't judge you! - and we'll screen it at The Frida, just for you and 100 of your closest friends! PLUS Free Popcorn and Soda for your entire entourage! Movie must be available to screen, of course - no ultra-rare Dutch vampire films that haven't seen the light of day since 1990 VHS... PLUS we'll consider you a Silver Screen Icon, and hook you up with everything that comes with it!

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    YOUR NAME OR COMPANY OVER OUR SCREENING ROOM DOOR! How could we honor a gift a the $10,000 level any less than by gracing our screening room with your name (or your company's name)? We'll christen our digital auditorium "The _______ Screening Room" right over the door, and keep it up through 2014! Your wonderfully generous donation will go a long way in keeping microbudget, independent, classic, and student films on the silver screen - you deserve that much recognition! PLUS we'll get you everything at the MOVIE PARTY AT THE FRIDA level - bring 100 of your friends to check out your name or logo as they walk into the screening room! LIMITED TO ONE DONOR!

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