The Kent Theatre is closing in on its goal to hit $60,000 by January 1 for a digital projector but needs your help to make it happen.
“We were informed by our film distributors at the beginning of this year that movies on film would become progressively harder to obtain throughout this year, and that by the end of 2012 our ability to obtain film prints may cease altogether,” explained Len Allington, president of the Cedar Springs Theatre Association. “They told us we would have to replace our projection system with new technology—a complete digital projection system—and the cost of this transition would be $60,000.”
So the Cedar Springs Theatre Association/The Kent started a fundraising drive in March to purchase and install a state of the art digital projection system for the Kent, and they have been working hard at raising the money ever since. “We dedicated all profits from movies and shows, our volunteers have put together bake sales, lemonade stands, and yard sales,” said Allington. “We asked for donations before each show, and we raised money through our Annual Golf Outing. The money made from Red Flannel Day and the Talent Show along with the proceeds from the Christmas performance of ‘Bah Humbug’ and the Kent Christmas Concert all went into the Fund.” They also applied for and received a $2000.00 grant from Arts Council of Grand Rapids. So far they have raised $50,000 toward their $60,000 goal.
After the Christmas Concert last weekend, a generous donor offered a $5,000 match to get them over the top. So every dollar donated right now will be matched. If you love the Kent Theatre and would like to make a tax deductable donation, you can send a check to the CSTA at P.O. Box 237K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. You can also donate on our website at Kenttheatre.org. Either way, you will receive a tax receipt.