Save The North Bend Theatre
The North Bend Theatre recently celebrated its 70th anniversary as a center of the Snoqualmie Valley Community. The Theatre was built in 1941 as a state-of-the-art movie house with full sound and the glorious splendor of Technicolor, giving us Judy Garland's ruby-red slippers in "The Wizard of Oz!" Now, the biggest historic transition in film since the introduction of sound has arrived: digital projection. Transitioning to digital will enable the North Bend Theatre to continue showing movies "“ and operas, concerts and other special events "“ well into the next 75 years. The alternative to converting to digital is closing our doors!
While the digital revolution has been taking place for many years, we quietly hoped that the North Bend Theatre would comfortably escape it and continue to exist in the world of 35mm film for years to come; but such is not the case. Film is rapidly disappearing as movie distributors ramp up their complete conversion to digital distribution and projection of movies. This major historical shift is presenting a serious challenge to independent theatres. Existing equipment must be retired and new computer-operated projectors must be installed. Theatres unable to make this transition are facing closure...
The exciting news is that digital projection produces a stunning image! Gone will be annoying scratches and shaky movement of film and sound that is often compromised by the constant handling of films. Additionally, with a digital projector, the North Bend Theatre will be able to provide the latest 3D movies! The challenging news is that the cost to convert the projection booth and screen is steep "“ nearly $100,000.
Even in these difficult economic times, we are proud that the Theatre is a sound business with steady attendance and a positive bottom line. However, as a family run business, we do not have the ability to finance this major capital expenditure from annual earnings, nor do we feel that it is an option to try to recoup the cost through higher ticket and concession prices. We are turning to our community for donations to keep the doors of the Theatre open!
We are proud of our record of contributing to the vibrancy of both the social and economic environment of our community! We hope to be able to continue to offer the latest movies and popcorn at small town prices, bring special events like the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the International Fly Fishing Film Festival, and continue to develop our own North Bend Mountain Film Festival and Amateur Film Challenge. We hope that you will consider a donation that will allow the Theatre to continue to be a viable part of the community for generations to come.
Our fundraising program includes the ability to purchase a "Hollywood Boulevard" style star in the sidewalk outside the Theatre, see your name engraved on a large brass star in the Theatre lobby, have a chair with your name on it, buy a date to a Seattle screening and lunch with the owners and more! There are ways to contribute from $5,000 to $50 to say you had a hand in saving the North Bend Theatre.
The bottom line is that we need to find 1,000 people to donate $100 to save the North Bend Theatre. Can you help us get there? Thank you for your support over the years and for considering a personal contribution to save the North Bend Theatre!
Cindy and Jim Walker
Feel free to contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
We're so excited to announce that our beautiful, new digital projector is scheduled to be installed this coming Tuesday, September 10th! After four months of our community's generous contributions to our fundraiser, we're so happy to remain here for many more years to come, as well as provide you all with quality movies and a state-of-the-art digital image. Thank you!
As a correction to our previously posted schedule, please note that our showings of "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" have been cancelled for this coming Monday and Tuesday, the 9th and 10th, as the Theatre will be closed. Our schedule will resume on Wednesday and Thursday with FREE showings at 7PM! Then, come see "The Butler" for only $3.00 beginning Friday the 13th at 5 & 8PM, Saturday the 14th at 2PM and Sunday the 15th at 2 & 5PM. No movies Saturday night as we're a featured venue for the North Bend Jazz Walk that evening!
For additional showtimes, photos and updates, "like" us and keep in touch at Facebook.com/NorthBendTheatre! As we still have many other marketing and installation costs to cover, we would so appreciate continued donations to our fundraiser at GoFundMe.com/NorthBendTheatre. Thank you all again for your patience and support! We hope to see you soon "at the movies!"
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
Special recognition goes out again to Boxley Music Fund, Danny and Robyn Kolke, The Eubank Family, and, most recently The Jeff Warren State Farm Insurance Agency for contributing $2,500 each toward the project. I think we can look forward to a couple of great parties for the unveiling of their stars in front of the Theatre!
Additionally, The Hacherl Family, The Antone Family, Sno Falls Credit Union and the Navidi Family will all be recognized with a big star permanently on display in the lobby for their $1,000 contributions.
17 other stars will adorn the walls in recognition of $500.00 contributions.
22 aisle seats will bear the names of families that contributed $250.00 or more and another 20 seats will recognize donations of $150 or more.
A whopping 152 individuals or businesses have stepped up with $100.00 for at total of $15,200!
In all, over 300 people have gotten us to over $50,000 toward our $100,000 goal. What a great testament to how we all treasure the Theatre!
Tell a friend that contributions can be made on line, in person at either the Theatre or the Emerald City Smoothie, or by mail to P.O. Box 412, North Bend, WA 98045.
We so appreciate the support and with your help we'll get the rest of the way there and have great digital projection by the Fall!
The only place around I know that shows free, family-friendly matinees. I have huge plans to bring my new family, and keeping this place alive is the only way we can keep those dreams alive.
The money we spend in the valley stays in the valley!