Local movie theaters begin fund raising to stay open
PRINCETON, KY- It is Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol Theater and the smell of popcorn can be enjoyed from outside the decades old building.
"We had to replace the popcorn machine, that was the worst problem we had," owner Heidi Boyd says with a laugh.
Now, kernels are not the problem at the 3-screen cineplex, it is cash.
"To take on another $200,000 loan is definitely impossible for us to do," she said of what it would take for her theater to go digital.
Boyd has launched a fund raising campaign that has popped up on you-tube and Facebook. She is allowing patrons to purchase plaques for theater seats, lights, even the ceiling.
In just a few weeks, $7,000 has been collected.
"It could save my theater. It could and it will," she promised.
Miles away, in Mayfield, Kentucky Princess Theaters owner Joe Smith is doing the same thing.
He needs to buy just one projector, but it still carries a price tag of $80,000. So, he has organized b-b-que lunches and plans on holding a film festival.
One thing Smith promises he will not be doing to offset the cost is raising ticket prices, "Other theaters a couple years ago raised their prices and I refused to. The community is in financial distress and I understand that and I'm just not going to do that to our folks."
Those wishing to help Smith keep his doors open can drop off contributions at the Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce, Huddle House in Mayfield, The Snappy Tomato, or Carr's Steakhouse.
The First Kentucky Bank is also collecting donations. Those wishing to contribute are asked to mention the 'Princess Theater Fund.'
Those wishing to help the Capitol Theater can visit their West Main Street location or log on to capitolcinemas.net.