There was once a number of movie theaters in rural communities across America. Those numbers have been ever dwindling.
It is rare to see rural towns with their own movie theaters. The high cost of 35mm rental films and the ready availability of movies online and DVDs has made it convenient to stay home and be entertained rather than go to the neighborhood theater.
A major shift in film industry technology threatens to darken many movie screens, especially hard-hit will be those theaters in small rural communities. With the new year comes the fact that movies will no longer be distributed in the 35mm format, but in digital.
What that means for The Paradise Theatre in Paonia is simply this: raise about $60,000 for a digital projection system to show movies and provide live streaming, or the theater will have to close.
The Friends of the Paradise Theatre has a commitment from the State of Colorado. That would provide $20,000, leaving $40,000 to come from donors.
The Friends have set up a Kickstarter.com campaign to raise the necessary funds. This will be a grass roots-level campaign to Save the Paradise.
Check out the Paradise Theatre website for the latest news on the campaign and for information on how to donate. Keep the North Fork Valley movie tradition going for the next generation.blog comments powered by Disqus