The Paradise Theatre was facing a deadline at the end of 2013.
By the end of that year, studios would distribute movies only in digital format, eschewing 35-millimeter film, the delivery method for decades. But the technology that is improving movie quality comes at great expense, and many small theaters, including ours, do not have the resources. The conversion means expensive new equipment for theaters: digital projectors cost tens of thousands of dollars.
In order to continue to be able to offer current movies, the theatre needed to raise the money to buy the new equipment, and match funds to take advantage of a grant called the Rural Theater Digital Conversion Grant, being offered to theaters that meet certain criteria. The Paradise Theater is underwent a feasibility study in the fall of 2013 and qualified for the grant. To raise the “matching” funds that were necessary to secure the grant monies, a Kickstarter campaign was initiated. It was a raging success, and the theatre earned enough money to purchase the projector and also do some remodeling to the theatre building.
The Paradise Theatre opened its doors again on June 14, 2014, a shining example of community effort and cooperation.