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The Vine Cinema Needs Your Help

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The Vine Cinema in Livermore is almost 65 years old, and is an East Bay & Tri-Valley landmark.  Since 2009 when the term "Alehouse" was added to our name, the Vine Cinema has specialized in art and independent films, while serving beer, wine and food to our patrons.   We were one of the very first movie theatres to be able to sell beer and wine over a decade ago!  We have been recognized by most film studios as a top 100 art house in the entire country. 

We have been closed since March 16th due to COVID-19.  The Vine has managed to stay alive for the past five months due in part to the incredible support we have received for our weekend popcorn & treat sales.  However, we do not expect California and Alameda County health officials to allow us to re-open for another 3-5 months.  This could make for an unprecedented TEN+ months of closure, a time period that will surely force most small businesses to close for good, including the Vine.  Even when movie theatres are allowed to re-open, the 25% capacity restriction being placed on them will make it difficult to be profitable, since all theatres operate on tremendously small margins.

Having been born and raised in Livermore, I have personally been a part of the Vine Cinema since 1989 - it is both my livelihood and has been my life for the past 31 years!  The Vine is tremendously community oriented, from showing free live local sporting events, to holding numerous fundraisers for local schools and groups each year.  Our classics nights are tremendously popular, especially our sing-a-longs of films like Grease, Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar.  Our Super Bowl, Oscar night and Warriors/Giants watch parties are very popular, and we have even been the site of 10+ marriage proposals through the years!  We are well known for our unique seating options including love-seat couches, and our creative handmade tables made from real movie posters. 

The Vine has overcome so much in the past 60+ years, but we need your help to survive this pandemic, our biggest obstacle yet.  Our goal is a simple one - to survive until 2021.  Please help us during this impossible time with a donation or by spreading the word about our campaign - or both! 

I know so many of you have fond memories of the Vine Cinema.  We would love for you to leave a memory of happier times in the comments section.  Thank you so much for your incredible generosity and support, as we try to keep the Vine Cinema operating for another 65 years!

Fundraising team (7)

Kenny Way
Livermore, CA
Lauren Newlands
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Donna Blevins
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Ken Whitney
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