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Local Independent Theaters Need Your Help
Every once in a while life presents choice that doesn’t really have a right or wrong answer. If you’re lucky, it’s because both of your options are worthy. That’s kind of how we feel about a quiet little race going on in Tacoma right now. It’s the race to go digital, and the contestants are two of our favorite independent movie theaters.
The Blue Mouse and the Grand Cinema have somewhat different crowds, depending on what movies are showing. Both, however, currently face the same challenge: they both need to fully convert from film to digital cinema format if they want to continue to show new films. Therein lies a potential conundrum: we rarely see movies at any other theaters, but which of the two do we support with our dollars?
At last check the two theaters’ fundraising was running about even: the Blue Mouse was at just over $33,000, and the Grand was at about $32,000. The Blue Mouse is shooting for $75,000, with only 42 days to go on its Kickstarter fundraiser. The Grand, which has more projectors to replace, is aiming higher, with a goal of $344,000 to be raised from individual donors and foundations. It’s a big chunk of change for both institutions, no matter how you look at it, but it’s a leap they’ll have to make if they’re going to continue to be viable.
And there’s the answer: if they both make their goals, we all win, and we get to keep our local theaters operating. So choose one, choose both, but if you love Tacoma’s independent movie theaters, they could use a gift from you this holiday season.
Donate to help The Grand Cinema at www.FirstGiving.com.
Donate to help The Blue Mouse at www.Kickstarter.com.
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