Kickstarter campaign to convert the Lewis Theatre
The “Project the Lewis Theatre into the Future” campaign, through Kickstarter.com, is coming to a close at 11:04 a.m. on Nov. 3, and as the clock winds down the theater needs your support. By the end of 2013, the movie industry will no longer be using film as a medium, forcing thousands of theatres to “go digital or go dark.” This is truly a moment to come together and keep a 75-year-old Lewisburg business alive.
The total cost of converting is around $65,000. The owners have saved half of that figure already and are appealing to the community for the other half. This is an “all or nothing” campaign meaning that unless they raise the goal of $39,000 by the deadline, the money pledged will be returned, leaving the theater without a new projector and increasing the chance of this historical business closing its doors indefinitely. They are relying on the support of the local community and theater fans throughout the world to keep the doors open for generations to come.
People seem anxious to help any way they can. Local yoga instructor Raeann Carrier hosted a “Gloga” event (yoga under blacklight) and raised $250. Various businesses have placed information cards near their registers in hopes the generosity of their customers will help with the campaign. Two local bands, Lawless Brown and Possum Holler Glee Club, have donated their talents for a movie-themed costume fundraiser on Nov. 1.
Please join these generous individuals in contributing to the cause by going to Kickstarter.com and searching for The Lewis Theatre. A pledge can be as small as $1, and there are a whole series of movie rewards offered to any pledge of $25 or more. That’s all it takes to be a part of something wonderful, and it’s not too late … yet.