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Help Save The Historic Armour Theatre! Hollywood is forcing us to upgrade to new digital projection or go dark.
Help Save The Historic Armour Theatre! Hollywood is forcing us to upgrade to new digital projection or go dark.
587 backers pledged $30,231 to help bring this project to life.

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STRETCH GOAL ADDED at $35,000 raised! If we hit that goal, we will throw an awesome party for all of our donors donating more than $125.00! This will be more inclusive, easier to reach and an awesome evening! A classic movie, pizza, popcorn and soda... Plus drink specials up the wazoo! 

If you don't think you need/want that many movie tickets in our packages you can always pick the $75 package (donate to us and we will give big brothers and big sisters of KC a movie night out!) and set your actual donation at $125! That is you being double-mint awesome! Plus, you get to go to a mega movie party!

Two weeks left to hit this goal, lets make it happen!

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STRETCH GOAL ADDED at $50,000.00 raised! If we hit this number we will throw a very awesome private kickstarters only movie event! To qualify you must donate at least $30! 

Help Save The Historic Armour Theatre! 

All the Great New Films, Classic Movies such as Psycho, The Shining, Big Lebowski, Rocky Horror, Gone with the Wind, Comedians like Judah Friedlander and the Whitest Kids U' Know, TV and Video Games on the Big Screen and Trivia Nights... GONE. Without the digital projectors to keep our doors open to all the awesomeness that ARMOUR has to provide. 

Hollywood is forcing us to upgrade to new digital projection or go dark. Save The Historic Armour Theatre! People of Kansas City, People of the World... Help us Save Our Beautiful Theatre from going dark and upgrade us into Digital Projection! Movie distributors and studios are forcing all movie theatres to upgrade our projectors to digital by mid 2013 or else they will stop providing us with movies to show! As you might imagine, this is very pricey. For two new projectors with new sound systems, we are going to have to spend $110,000. That's a heck of a lot of cash! 

 All of the major circuits have made a deal with the movie studios for the studios to pay for about 75% of their costs in converting since the studios benefit the most from the conversion to digital. However, the small independents have been left out of the deal, and many will close. NOT the Armour. Not if we have something to say about it.

 We have already taken the initial step in securing a loan for our equipment but this is only covering a portion of all the expenses. We are attempting to raise an initial $20,000.00 to help us cover the gap. Of course, at one point, we will have to retire the loan. While the multi-plexes only have to pay about 25% of their costs, we have to raise our funds in non-traditional ways. It is hard to pay $110,000.00 from day to day operations. We do not have the economy of scale of a large, 16 screen box theatre. We set our goal low but are reaching to pay off the entirety of the loan ($110,000 if possible!)

 For those of you who don't know what sets us apart from other theatres... We show new and old films, special events such as comedy shows and trivia, have recliners in the front rows, a robot, 80 different beers and more. For more about the history of the theatre watch the above video.

Why go Digital you ask? 

* We will be able to get new movies. First run films seen in a beautiful 1928 theatre, yet from the comfort of stadium seating, digital sound and pictures, recliners, (Red leather-hmmmm…wonder where AMC got that idea???) 3-D when the right film comes along. No digital-no more first run, and in many cases, we are not allowed to show classics either. 

 *Movies won't be scratched, beat up or imperfect. They will be the glorious versions that the filmmakers intended them to be every single time. 

*We will also have the capability of showing 3D films. I know, I know many of you (like us) dislike 3D films. But there are some really cool and interesting films that can be incredible in 3D. (Hugo, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) 

*The latest dolby digital sound. This is pretty self explanatory but every single film benefits from solid bass and perfect submersion. 

 *It keeps an old fashioned theatre around for many others to find and relish for many years to come. 

So, what's the plan on getting this new digital you ask? This Kickstarter right here. We need YOUR help. Donate. (It’s more like, get a terrific movie package deal!) Tell a friend. Anything to help keep the classic theatre experience alive! . Now, you might ask yourself... "Self... What do they need all this money for?" .. Here is some of the things YOUR contributions will help us purchase. 

* Two digital projectors 

* An upgraded audio system to deliver digitally produced sound. 

* New lenses to display the movie properly on the screen. 

* A server to download and store the digital movie content. 

* A backup system to keep the server online in case of power failure. 

* A new screen and masking to capture the digital images. * The base for the projection system and server. 

* Fees to cover the cost of delivery, installation and alignment of this new equipment. Plus the construction fees to widen the projector window for the lens. 

REWARDS 

We worked really hard on coming up with unique and fun rewards that help those who are helping us. You can see all of these over to the right. So please, help keep the little guys on the screen and not let us fade away!

Risks and challenges

Once funding is completed we will immediately put all funds towards the upgrade process. Unforeseen challenges may arise with compatibility issues and it may drive up the price of the install so the more we can raise the better to offset any unforeseen issues.

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    Our undying gratitude and recognition on our Kickstarter Thank You page!

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    One Large Popcorn and One Large Soda and recognition on our Kickstarter Thank You page!

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    Out-of-town Backers this one is for you! You will receive one second of actual film footage, a written thank you letter and recognition on our Kickstarter Thank You page!

    (International Backers Please add $1)

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    Two movie tickets, one large popcorn and one large soda! Plus one second of actual 35mm motion picture film and recognition on our Kickstarter Thank You page!

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    Two movie passes, one large popcorn and two adult beverages of your choice (21 and over only)! Plus one second of 35mm film and recognition on our Kickstarter Thank you page!

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    Two Movie passes, two large popcorns and two large sodas! Two seconds of actual film, and the recognition on our Kickstarter Thank You page!

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    Out-of-Towner/Double Donor Package!

    The purchase of this reward will provide a night out for a "Big Brother or Sister" and their "Little Brother or Sister". Two tickets, two sodas, two popcorns and two boxes of candy for a "Big" and their "Little". They will also receive one second of 35mm film each!

    A special handwritten thank you from the theatre's staff for the donor.

    For more information on Big Brothers and Big Sisters visit www.bbbskc.org

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    Family Night Out!

    Four movie passes, large popcorn and a large soda for EACH ticket! Plus recognition on the Kickstarter Thank You page, and two seconds of actual film!

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    Adults Night Out!

    Four movie tickets, four adult beverages and four appetizers of your choice! Plus four pint glasses for you to take home, recognition on the Kickstarter Thank You page and 4 seconds of film!!

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    Best Value!

    20 admissions, 20 large popcorns and 20 large sodas! Recognition on the Kickstarter Thank You page and 2 seconds of 35mm film!

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    "Name" your seat!

    Pick your favorite seat in EITHER of our auditoriums and we will put a plaque with your name on it! You will also receive a Thank You on our Kickstarter backer page, one second of 35mm film, 10 passes, 10 large popcorns and 10 large sodas!!

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    Advertising For One Month!

    So you want to advertise, but your not interested in the passes, popcorn and soda? This is the perfect package for you or your business! You will receive one month of advertising that will be shown before every movie played at Screenland Armour! In addition to the advertisement you or your business will receive a Thank You on our Kickstarter backers page and one second of 35mm motion picture film!

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    Advertising and Admissions Package!

    20 admissions, 20 large popcorns, 20 large sodas PLUS one month of Pre-show advertising! It's up to you to decide what your going to advertise! Business advertising, a picture of your dog or any other off the wall (appropriate) picture you wish!

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    Two Season Passes to EVERYTHING shown at Screenland Armour! Including First Runs, Second Runs and One-offs!! You will also receive a free large popcorn and large soda EACH time you come in! You will also receive a small plaque with your name on it to "name" any seat in EITHER of our auditoriums, TWO seconds of 35mm motion picture film and a Thank You on our Kickstarter backer page.

    Excludes Comedy Shows, Private Events and Restricted Openings.

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    A private screening for you and 65 of your friends, family members, co-workers, etc! Plus, Popcorn and Soda through the entire movie for all of your guests! Pick your favorite movie (subject to availability) and we will screen it exclusively for you and your guests! You will also receive the recognition on our Thank You page TEN seconds of 35mm film!

    (must schedule date and time four weeks in advance)

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    Small Auditorium Naming Rights!
    With this reward you will have exclusive naming rights to our 70 seat theatre for an entire year! If you own a business this is GREAT advertisement! Each time a guest comes in not only will they see your company logo and name on their way in, but we will let them know that you sponsored it! You will also receive two month of free pre-show advertising!

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    Large Auditorium Naming Rights! With this reward you will have exclusive naming rights to auditorium one, our 265 seat theatre, for an entire year! If you own a business this is GREAT advertisement! Each time a guest comes in not only will they see your companies logo and name on their way in, but we will let them know that you sponsored it! You will also receive six months of free pre-show advertising!

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