April 24, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- By the end 2013,
film studios will stop distributing movies on 35-millimeter film and convert entirely to digital. This conversion will save billions for studios, which no longer need to deliver cumbersome film, but leaves small town theaters in the lurch.
"The problem," said
, "is that over 3,000 cinemas across
the United States
are in real danger of closing. They simply don't have the extra
per theater needed to make the conversion."
, owner of the Colonial Theater in
estimates that 20% of all theaters in
could be lost.
SaveOurCommunityTheaters.org believes this loss is unacceptable, said Wilson. "We are harnessing our social media Circlefunding(SM) technology to make sure community theaters are here to stay."
Community theaters are fundamentally important to the health and wellbeing of communities. Often these theaters have been around for generations and are part of the fabric of the town. They provide history, a meeting place, and employment, said Wilson.
SaveOurCommunityTheaters.org has fundraising project ideas, web assistance, promotional suggestions and utilizes next generation fundraising technology - Circlefunding - to assist small town theaters.
Unlike many other Crowdfunding sites, which promote a variety of projects, SaveOurCommunityTheaters.org focuses entirely on community theaters.