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Ramsey Theatre, a neighborhood landmark for 86 years, has gone dark. Support the digital upgrade and renovation so it can open again.
Ramsey Theatre, a neighborhood landmark for 86 years, has gone dark. Support the digital upgrade and renovation so it can open again.
1,015 backers pledged $126,132 to help bring this project to life.

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Our beloved Ramsey Theatre closed its doors on August 20, 2013.  Please help us bring back this cherished neighborhood landmark.

The Ramsey Theatre opened in 1927 and has been a favorite destination for our town and the neighboring communities ever since.  Many charming stories surround the theatre which, in the early days, showed silent movies accompanied by an organist.

As parents and Ramsey business owners, we were saddened to learn of the closing of the theatre. We share a love for cinema and know that this small-town theatre was not only a symbol of our family town, but also a safe haven for our kids and a special place to go with our families.

When we were approached about taking over the theatre after the previous owner retired, we were hesitant because the project is financially challenging.  But we decided to go for it and formed the Ramsey Theatre Group to bring back a new and improved - and digital - Ramsey movie theatre.  But we need your help.

The theatre must be digitized before the end of 2013 because the movie industry is converting to 100% digital – replacing 35 mm film entirely by the end of this year.  The cost of this conversion is extremely high.

Most of the large theatres across the country have already converted to digital. But for a small town theatre like Ramsey’s, the cost is prohibitive.This is why we are turning to the community, who understands the importance of keeping a movie theatre in the town of Ramsey, to partner with us as we begin the journey of digitizing and renovating our Ramsey Theatre.

Just the digital conversion alone will cost well over $100,000.  Our initial goal is to raise a minimum of $125,000 through kickstarter.com so we can at least complete the digital conversion of both theatres.  But that is only the beginning!

We hope to exceed our campaign goal so we can make the much needed renovations to the theatre for the public - new seats, new carpet, new lobby/concession area and new bathrooms.

We are excited about the digital upgrade to our theatre because it will enhance the movie-going experience for everyone – which is great!  Unfortunately, if we don’t convert to digital, the theatre will remain closed forever.

We don’t want the Ramsey Theatre to go dark and we know you don’t either.That’s why we initiated this Kickstarter campaign which includes great rewards for our supporters - so you can experience the new and improved Ramsey Theatre!

Together, we can bring back a NEW Ramsey Theatre - creating the gem of Main Street for many generations to come!

Risks and challenges

Exceeding our goal is VERY important so we can successfully convert both theatres to digital technology AND renovate our theatre for the community.

We chose Kickstarter.com to help us fund this project because the funds are only released if our target goal is reached or exceeded. We only have 35 days to raise these funds.

When our project is funded, we will immediately begin the process of digitizing the theatres. The additional renovations (seats, carpet, lobby/concession and bathrooms) will be completed based on the total dollar amount that is pledged to our project once the pledge period ends.

Let's work together to re-open a beautiful new and completely digital theatre by mid-December!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Be our guest at the movies! You will receive a Movie Ticket to see one of our brand new all DIGITAL movies! For long distance contributors who will not be able to come to the Ramsey Theatre, the ticket will be donated to Hearts & Crafts Grief Counseling Center in Ramsey, NJ.

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Receive 4 Ramsey Cinema movie theater seats! Great for your own home theater or other use.

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    It's Date Night! You will receive 2 Movie Tickets AND a Large Popcorn! For long distance contributors who will not be able to come to the Ramsey Theatre, the 2 tickets and popcorn will be donated to Hearts & Crafts Grief Counseling Center, Ramsey, NJ.

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    Receive 10 Ramsey Cinema movie theater seats! Great for your own home theater or other use.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Wear your awesome commemorative Ramsey Theatre tee shirts when you see a movie (or two) with your 2 Movie Tickets and a Large Popcorn!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    "Family Movie Night" PLUS "Gala Red Carpet Event." See your name lit up on our Big Screen before the show when you use your 4 Movie Tickets and enjoy your 4 Small Popcorns and 4 Small Sodas! You will also receive a commemorative Ramsey Theatre tee shirt. But what's even MORE exciting? You will receive 2 tickets to our Gala Red Carpet Reopening Event!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Are you a Movie Buff? This one's for you! You will receive 10 movie tickets, 10 small popcorns and 10 small sodas! Check out your name lit up on our Big Screen, as you wear your commemorative Ramsey Theatre tee shirt. Even MORE exciting - 2 tickets to our Gala Red Carpet Reopening Event!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Treat your friends and family! Enjoy a Private Showing (perfect for a birthday party or special event!) for up to 50 of your favorite people! Soda and popcorn provided for everyone! You will see your name up on our Big Screen. Be sure to wear your commemorative Ramsey Theatre tee shirt. Best of all - you will receive 2 tickets to our Gala Red Carpet Reopening Event!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Wow! One free personalized movie pass for the ENTIRE YEAR! You will see your name up on our Big Screen as you wear your commemorative Ramsey Theatre tee shirt. But best of all: You will receive 2 tickets to our Gala Red Carpet Reopening Event!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    If you LOVE the movies, this one's for YOU! You will receive two personalized movie passes good for the ENTIRE YEAR! Come see all our new DIGITAL movies....every one of them...on us! We'll throw in popcorn, every time you come! You will see your name on our Big Screen while you wear your commemorative Ramsey Theatre tee shirt. Even MORE exciting? You will receive 2 tickets to our Gala Red Carpet Reopening Event!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    What an awesome reward! Free Advertising for 3 months on our Big Screen! Use it for your own business or for your favorite charity or cause! You can even put all your family photos up there for the world to see if you want to - we will put ANYTHING on that big screen for you (as long as it's legal :) Even more exciting, 2 tickets to our Gala Reopening Event!

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Promote your business, or your favorite charity or cause! Free advertising for 6 months on our big screen! Plus, a free personalized pass for the WHOLE YEAR! Even MORE exciting? You will receive 2 tickets to our Gala Red Carpet Reopening Event!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Free advertising for a whole YEAR on our big screen! Use it for your own business or for your favorite charity or cause! Plus, two free personalized passes for the WHOLE YEAR! Even MORE exciting? You will receive 4 tickets to our Gala Red Carpet Reopening Event!

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    Sponsor our Lobby, Theatre 1 or Theatre 2 with YOUR FAMILY or BUSINESS NAME! Your name will be prominently displayed in the sponsored area(s). For example: The Smith Family Lobby or Acme Theatre 1. On screen recognition or logo advertisement for 1 year prior to every showing! Share your support of the Ramsey Theater with a Private Showing for up to 150 of your employees, friends and family! Popcorn and Soda provided for each guest. And best of all, 4 tickets to our Gala Red Carpet Reopening Event!

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Funding period

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