City Cinema is Atlantic Canada’s only full-time independent arthouse cinema. Throughout their history, they’ve been strong supporters of Canadian, international, and independent filmmakers. To ensure its future in the new digital age of cinema, the Cinema is becoming a non-profit organization. They’re reaching out to movie lovers locally and around the world for support with an Indiegogo campaign. You could own a little bit of film history with Men in Black artist Sandy Carruthers original work, film reels, even a signed Dan Ackroyd movie poster and more. The campaign will help pay the balance of costs incurred by the industry wide change-over from 35mm film to digital projection, allowing the cinema a debt-free transition from private company to community-owned non-profit. As City Cinema is taken over by The Charlottetown Film Society, it’s of key importance that it does so debt-free. The goal is to raise $10,000 towards the cost of the equipment. The support of the community will ensure that they continue to do what they do best—show great movies to great people—for a long time to come. Visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/city-cinema-gone-digital-and-going-non-profit.
The film industry has recently undergone its biggest change since the introduction of sound as it stopped releasing movies on 35mm film and switched to digital projection, a very expensive proposition. Knowing they would need support, it was decided the best path for City Cinema’s future was to become a community-owned theatre. The Charlottetown Film Society was incorporated as a non-profit in 2012 and will become the new owner when fundraising is completed. City Cinema was established in Charlottetown in 1993, a successor to an existing film series. With the support of subscribers, investors, and a small bank loan, they made a cozy space and got busy showing movies every day. Over the last 20 years they’ve screened hundreds and hundreds of films. Perks of supporting this indiegogo campaign include being thanked onscreen for a year, all kinds of City Cinema memorabilia, the opportunity to be a guest programmer, and free coffee for life. The campaign runs until Nov 10. You can view it at igg.me/at/citycinema.