This FAQ page will answer questions people have regarding the Theatre.
Who are the members of the Friends of the Paradise Theatre (FOPT) group and how can they be contacted?
- – FOPT is a nonprofit corporation registered in the State of Colorado. The organization works on behalf of the local community to bring movies and extraordinary entertainment to the North Fork Valley.
- – FOPT is governed by a Board of Directors. The organization received a Letter of Determination declaring the tax-exempt nonprofit status effective January 22, 2014.
- – We have some wonderful staff and volunteers who help with the box office and concessions. Of course, there are also many creative people who provide programming, entertainment and technical assistance.
- – Best way to contact the FOPT is via email.
If people are interested in getting engaged as a “Friend”, is this group open for members and how can they go about joining?
- – Yes – absolutely – this is an open group. Sign up at the Paradise or leave an email.
Why was it necessary to purchase a Digital Projector in 2014?
- – For the past several years, the movie industry has been transitioning from film to digital format. Without investing in the new projector, the Paradise would be extremely limited in what movies it could show – certainly no first-run films would be available.
What is the status of the ownership of the theater building?
- – FOPT has ownership of the building and its contents thanks to a small group of local investors. In the next 2 years we will be raising funds to pay the investors back so that the theater can be debt-free.
Who will run the theater day to day?
- – Our current general manager is Sunshine Knight, supported by a group of staff and volunteers.
How did the Kickstarter funding campaign go last year?
- – The campaign was wildly successful. We were able to purchase the Barco DP2K-10S Digital Projector and other technology upgrades for sound. In addition, the renovations included new lobby and concession area, the projection booth, a paint job for the whole theater, and more.
What kind of programming will the theater run? Will it remain as an “arts” theater or will it now offer first run movies?
- – The formula of first run and independent movies and documentaries combined with live music, community theater, TV events and strong concession sales are all vital parts to the theater’s success. We welcome feedback on your favorite programming.
How will the FOPT work to gather community input about programming? How can community members voice their desires and preferences?
- – Suggestions are always welcome. Talk to Sunshine or Elaine or email the FOPT.
Will the Paradise collaborate with other nonprofits such as the Blue Sage to compliment vs. compete?
- -YES. We have begun conversations with the Blue Sage and other groups. We all recognize that collaboration is in the best interest of the community.
Are any other upgrades planned for the building?
- – We have had building inspections that defined required repairs and upgrades. The inspection indicated that the building is structurally sound and there are some obvious repairs needed. Also, we have asked and received input from the users of the Paradise for a “wish list” for the improvements to the stage, sound, etc. We see a 5-year plan for renovation ahead.
Being owned by a nonprofit, will the building be eligible for state historical funds to help with infrastructure and building rehab?
- – FOPT has applied, and was accepted, for Historic Landmark status through the Delta County Historic Landmark Board. We are excited about future opportunities as a result of this designation.
What is the schedule for the theater for 2015?
- – Please go to the Paradise’s Calendar or the Theatre’s Facebook page for the most up to date information.