Dear Friends of the North Bend Theatre,
On May 1st, we embarked on an effort to raise $100,000 for a new digital projector. Today, just four months later, as a community we have raised nearly $98,000! This paves the way for the future of our Theatre, ensuring that we'll make the conversion to digital projection!
More than 550 amazing families and businesses have donated to our fundraiser! One-third of the money raised has come from contributions of $100 or less, one-third from contributions between $100 and $500 and one-third from $1,000 and $2,500. This has truly been a community-wide project! It has been so heartwarming to read such encouraging comments left at www.gofundme.com/northbendtheatre
and rewarding to see how treasured our Theatre is in the community. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for the generous support!
At the beginning of the campaign, we estimated the cost of the upgrade based on a model that would provide a quality image at an affordable price, as well as 3D capability. This model, featuring a 2K processor, has been installed in many smaller theaters facing the same dilemma as ours. While this model would suffice for now, we were strongly advised to consider moving forward with a different projector powered by a 4K processor. The 4K processor is the current, state-of-the-art projector and will have a longer, functional technology life. While this may be more technical information than you wanted to know, we felt it was necessary to give some background on our decision.
As with all technology, the faster processor comes at a higher cost. We had a decision to make about what would be in the best, long-term interest of the Theatre, as well as what would be the wisest investment of our funds, so we chose to follow the advice we had received. We selected the 4K projector, though this unfortunately means that our 3D capability will be postponed. The great news is that this projector has been ordered and is on its way! We anticipate installation in the next few weeks! We will continue to seek $30,000 of funding in order to add 3D capability once the basic projector is installed. In the meantime, we'll be able to provide our community with the latest, feature films as well as stunning image quality!
As we've gotten closer to our goal, we've had many people refer excitedly to our campaign and tell us that they "have been meaning to get to that!" Well, now is the time! The total expense for the upgraded projector, including marketing, installing "Hollywood stars" and creating plaques exceeds $115,000 - and payment is due at the end of September! We have some super fun events planned for the Fall in order to help us completely close-the-gap, but if you or someone you know has been "meaning to get to that," we'd like to encourage you to act now!
Congratulations to this terrific community for ensuring that the North Bend Theatre will continue to be an active part of the Snoqualmie Valley for years to come! We so appreciate your support, patience and confidence, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Sincerely, Cindy and Jim Walker