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After nearly 85 years, Blacksburg’s historic Lyric Theatre needs your help to go digital or we will go dark!

The Lyric Theatre needs your help to upgrade our projection system, or Hollywood will force us to go dark. This project is not an optional upgrade. We wish this were as easy and inexpensive as going down to Best Buy and getting a couple of laptops and routers. Alas, this required evolution into the digital age is costing us $120,000 – an enormous sum for our little operation! This past year we have made a lot of progress toward this funding, but we need you help us run the final lap. 

Our gathering spot...
Our gathering spot...

For the past 85 years, The Lyric Theatre has been a hub of community gatherings for live performances and movie experiences. How will this investment ensure that The Lyric will continue to provide our community, both young and old, with this rich and shared neighborhood spot? 

Our beautiful spot...
Our beautiful spot...

The good news is that this is a ONE-TIME fix! Once we upgrade to this new system, we will be able to offer the community access to new programming, with amazing audio and visual quality.  That said, we sure will miss those beautiful 35mm projectors.  Check out this amazing rendering drawn years ago by one of our projectionists and a local artist, Steve Tipsword. We have fondly named this dynamic duo "Hortense and Murgatroid"... Cool, huh?

We sure will miss you...
We sure will miss you...

We have tried to put together an array of rewards that will entice you to help us make this vital project come to life. Please do let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.   

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The biggest challenge we face is not successfully funding this campaign. We are being forced to make this upgrade by Hollywood. We will literally not be able to show movies, unless we make this investment. That is why your help is so important.

We have this new projector on stand-by to be installed, so there are always risks associated with an installation process. We are working closely with vendors and contractors to make sure this is a smooth process.

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    DOUBLE DATE! Four tickets, two large popcorns, four small soft drinks. Two exclusive edition “Watch Local” T-shirts. Plus, your name “in lights”.

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    YOU'RE A CLASSIC! Four tickets, two large popcorns, four small soft drinks. Name engraved on a brick from the original brick façade of the Lyric. Two exclusive edition “Watch Local” T-shirts. Plus, your name “in lights”.

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    PREMIERE PARTY! Four tickets to attend a special premiere showing for our new digital projection system, including two large popcorns, and four small soft drinks. Name engraved on a brick from the original brick façade of the Lyric. Plus, your name “in lights”.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER! Two free movie passes for one entire year! An onscreen advertisement for your company or organization, as a part of our name “in lights” celebration for one year. Plus, two exclusive edition “Watch Local” T-shirts.

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    STAR OF THE SHOW! Two free movie passes for one entire year! We will name our ticket booth after you or your organization for one year. Two exclusive edition “Watch Local” T-shirts.

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