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Single screen drive-in theatre in Rule TX is converting to digital projection.

Tower Drive-in Theatre is a single screen drive-in built in 1954 in the heart of West Texas, just outside the small town of Rule.  We proudly serve our neighbors by showing double feature theatrical releases every spring and summer. 

Beginning in 2013 35mm film will no longer be available and all movies will be distributed in a digital format.  We need $39,000 to upgrade.  This figure includes updates to the projection room and a used digital projector, lenses, computers and software and rewards expenses.  (The film was made in the summer of 2012. We checked prices again before our launch. The $39,000 goal will cover the latest quote for the equipment, kickstarter's fees and the cost of rewards only.)

We have drawings and plans to begin work on the projection room immediately.  With the help of a drive-in owner who has already converted six of his own screens as well as assisting other owners with their upgrades, we will purchase a used system and he will assist us with the installation.  We can be working on the projection room while we are locating the projector and awaiting delivery.

If we raise more than $39,000.00, there are several things that would make good use of any additional funds.  The original neon tracer sign was damaged in a tornado in 1999.  It has been restored by local craftsmen at a cost of over $5000 for materials alone. So many customers have remarked how much they enjoyed the sign and would love for it to be returned to its original spot on the back of the screen.

We would also love to install additional bathrooms as we are operating with one men’s and one women’s, just as it was built in 1954.  Additional bathrooms would make it possible to hold larger events like concerts and film festivals.

We are a farming community and hunting country and we have been asked many times about housing small groups on the property during our off season.  We would love to install 4 pull thru RV spaces.  This would also help us to attract larger events.

Thank you in advance if you are able to help us keep this drive-in alive.

Deon Gordon

I would like to thank Eric 'E Lew' Lewis for making the video, Sandra Frye for pictures and Russell Flanary for his help with the film.

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The risks are minimal. Once we have funds available, we will find a projector that suits our layout. It could take up to 60 days to find the right system. We already have plans for the new projection room set up and could begin work on that immediately. A system installation and calibration will take a few days. There should be no problem having it up and running by spring. The budget includes the kickstarter and amazon fees as well as installation costs.

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    Run the drive-in for a weekend. You will do the filmwork, promote the film and change the marquee. You'll make the announcements and start the film. Try any of the jobs you like. Your experience includes a meal each night of the weekend, a personalized Tower Drive-in T-shirt and a photo essay of your experience posted on our facebook page, which enjoys over 3800 fans/friends. Your donation commemorated on a Thank You intermission trailer for the 2013 season with your name and amount of your donation. Access to all updates.

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    Private party for 50 people at the drive-in. It includes a movie and a $4.25 credit per guest in our cafe (the price of a combo meal). Your donation commemorated on a Thank You intermission trailer for the 2013 season with your name and amount of your donation. Access to all updates.

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    Screen your indy film at the Tower Drive-in. You provide the content, you promote it and you share in the box office receipts. You get one weekend screentime. Launch your film career right here. Make your first film exhibition deal with us. And, we'll even help you promote it with a one-week radio campaign with our local radio station, Big Country 97. Includes personalized Tower Drive-in T-shirt and dinner each night of your exhibition. **This reward can be shared by a team. As long as the content is less than 5 hours, is conducive to an intermission and appropriate for the same type of audience. (i.e. we cannot mix family content with non-family content.) Contact me before your pledge if the donations need to be broken into smaller parts. (Sorry, no X-rated films please.)

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