Capitol City Cinema Goes Digital

About Us
Capitol City Cinema is a single screen cinema located in the heart of historic Downtown Jefferson City, Missouri. We are a non-profit, community-based, member-supported movie theater, that specializes in independent, foreign and documentary films.

Our Mission
Our mission is to educate, inspire, entertain and connect our community through innovative film programming and film-related events.

Our Dilemma
The way we watch new films is changing. Modern cinema, meaning the industry that distributes and exhibits mainstream content (so any new releases), are exclusively distributed in digital format. In turn, hit indie films like "La La Land" are only available to cinemas that use a system called DCP.

A DCP —which is literally a USB pen that gets shipped around inside a case—requires activation from a licence. The DCP is signed for by the cinema, and then the projectionist is given the licence activation code to allow the content to be played. 

Although distributing films digitally saves studios hundreds of millions of dollars, it's a costly equipment upgrade for small movie houses. Many theaters throughout the country have gone dark due to the high expense of these systems.

Capitol City Cinema is having to adapt to survive. In order to keep providing independent films to the Jefferson City community, we must upgrade to digital technology.

Our Goal
The switch from our current system to digital technology will cost the Cinema at least $10,000! This will include the cost of a projection booth buildout and the upgrade to digital technology and software through a company called Proludio.

Proludio has created an alternative response to costly exhibition standards set by the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) and allows theaters to screen first-run Independent films without having to purchase the incredibly expensive equipment DCI requires.

Capitol City Cinema has been an icon of the Jefferson City art scene since 2013. With your help, we can continue to acquire highly sought after independent, foreign, and documentary films that are not available elsewhere in the Jefferson City area!

Please consider a contribution to our Go Digital Campaign and and visit our website for additional ways to contribute or lend support.

Learn more about Capitol City Cinema, our films, events, and mission at:

Capitol City Cinema
126 E. High St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Thank you for your continued support! 
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