Help Keep the Riverside Drive In Theater Open!
After nearly 100 years of showing 35mm motion picture film in movie theaters, the film industry is now undergoing a mammoth change to a new format. Studios and distributors are now making the switch to DCP, or Digital Cinema Package, a file format that is screened at theaters via a high end digital projector and server. Movie theaters need to invest up to $100,000 per screen to convert to this new systerm. Up to 60% of U.S. movie theaters have reportedly already made the conversion, with the bulk of those being larger corporate multiplex theaters. The remaining 40% includes many of the smaller historic neighborhood cinemas across the country that can't afford the high cost of the switch, a good number of which have already been forced to close their doors forever.
The Riverside Drive In Theater is part of this 40% and faces the biggest challenge of its 8 year history. The theater must go digital or go dark.
Since the Drive In opened we have had a growing attendance of "faithful" followers. We have done many events for our local scouts and church groups. We host a Special Event now twice a year, April Ghouls Monster-Rama and Super Drive In Monster-Rama. These events bring many folks from all over the world!!
The Riverside Drive In Theater needs to raise $70,000 to make the film-to-digital conversion in 2013. We now launch this Indiegogo campaign to raise the $70,000 as all other options have been exhausted. The main reason for this is that we are a profit business and there are no programs available to help us that we have qualified for. If every one of our Facebook fans gave just $25 we'd hit our goal and help keep the Riverside Drive In Theater open. Please donate to our campaign today - and share and repost with your family and friends too. Thank you!