To the Editor:
For the past 10 years I have fought the odds to keep Boothbay Harbor’s only movie theatre open year round.
This has not been an easy task: it has been estimated a population of 15,000 is required per screen to run a viable movie theater. In spite of our low numbers, we have persevered because of community support.
Many people feel it adds value to the region to have a movie theater here. They have supported us through memberships, seat donations, and screen ads. To all, please accept my thanks and gratitude.
Now the time of reckoning is at hand: due to up-coming changes in the film industry, 35mm movie film will no longer be supplied to movie theaters. Theaters that don’t make a $65,000 conversion to “D-Cinema” will go dark.
We have embarked on a campaign to raise the money to make the digital conversion of The Harbor Theatre. We have raised approximately $9000 so far. To read more about this situation, please visit our website: www.harbortheatre.net
If having a movie theater in Boothbay Harbor is important to you, please consider making a donation to: “The Harbor Theatre Digital Conversion Fund,” c/o The Bank of Maine, 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, 04538.
Include your name and address. If we don’t reach our fundraising goal by September 2012, your donation will be returned and the theater will close. Please note: donations are not tax deductible at this time.
Thanks for a great 10 years.
Jason Sheckley, The Harbor Theatre