WOW! I could write that "we did it", but "You did it!"
We cannot thank you enough for getting us over the top. Any extra money we have will go towards purchasing a few more things, a blue ray option, automation, the ability to play films directly from computers (for local film makers) and more.
And now back to our pitch...
Hollywood is forcing cinemas to upgrade to expensive digital projection equipment or cease operation as 35mm film comes to an end.
Go Digital or...
For the past 100 years, movies have been printed on film. But technology marches on and film studios and disributors have announced that 35mm film will no longer be produced and will be replaced by digital files. It has been estimated that up to 20% of theaters across North America, representing up to 10,000 screens, may close because they will be unable to afford to upgrade. We're hoping that we won't be one of them.
Most people think of digital projection as being a digital projector and a DVD player of some kind. If only it was that easy. Anyone converting to digital projection will need:
DCI-Compliant 2K Digital Projector
Digital Cinema Media Server
Lenses and Bulbs
The cost for us is $30,000 to equip one screen (we were lucky enough to find a projector and server that was used for one week by a corporate client).
If we exceed our goal, any additional funds will be used to refurbish the furniture in the lobby, and upgrade our concession area.
About The Brooklyn Heights Cinema Cinema
The Brooklyn Heights Cinema is located in Brooklyn Heights, NYC. When the Brooklyn Heights Cinema first opened it's doors in 1970, it was the only independent movie theater in Brownstone Brooklyn for many years. This theater has been my local theater ever since I was a child, and has continued to remain a huge part of my life since then. So 2 1/2 years ago, when the theater was on the verge of closing, I knew I needed to do something to keep the Brooklyn Heights Cinema alive. I maxed out all my credit cards and borrowed money from everyone I could to make it happen, and was finally able to save the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. While we've had a great run since then, the theater is facing one more major obstacle.
We need your help because a theater this small cannot raise the money needed without the help of film lovers. I hope that as a movie lover you'll contribute to help keep the Brooklyn Heights Cinema in business. The luxury of a theater like ours is that our customers have a place they can go to see great new movies and be treated like a friend and family, and it would be an absolute tragedy to have to close our doors. We show independent films that you would never find at a multi-plex. Films like "The Place Beyond the Pines", "In A World", "All Is Lost", "MUD", "Nebraska" and many more. We've shown films by local film makers who can't find any other cinemas in New York City to play their work. One film "Battle for Brooklyn" made the short list for best documentary film.
Besides showing movies we host a stand up comedy night, live music performances and silent films with live music.
If we can't raise this money for a digital projector, we will be unable to play new films, and we will sadly lose the last, yes the last, locally owned independent movie theater in New York City.
How does indiegogo work?
1. Our goal is to raise between $30,000 by the end of March 2014.
2. You can help us reach our goal by making a pledge to donate and when you chip in, you get a reward.
3. Any amount, no matter how small, helps get us closer to success.
We understand that donors have a financial stake in seeing this project succeed. From the time of purchase to installation could be as short as 2 weeks. We already have an installer ready to come in and set us up.
What if I can't make a donation?
Whether or not you can donate, please help us by spreading the word! Send this link to your family, friends, colleagues, classmates, teachers, acquaintances. Post it on Facebook. Tweet about it and encourage others to do the same. Our campaign will only be as successful if we get the word out.