The Blue Mouse Theatre, tucked away in Tacoma's quiet Proctor District, is an independent movie house. On its one screen, it shows family films, blockbusters and indie movies alike. It's historical, built in 1923, and has never shut down, which sets it apart from many other playhouses and movie houses in Washington. Today, it is one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in the country.
And it's facing an imminent threat.
Like many indie theaters, Blue Mouse must go digital in 2013 or it will be forced to close its doors. Soon, 35 mm film will no longer be available. To upgrade a single projector from 35 mm to a newer digital model runs a staggering $75,000 to $100,000--money the Blue Mouse doesn't have. This small, community theater is a nonprofit as well.
Blue Mouse started a Kickstarter campaign to inform the public of this very issue and raise funds. Currently, they're almost halfway to their goal, but if the campaign does not reach $75,000 by January 16, the theater will not be able to keep any of the raised funds and will have to start from scratch! Go to the Blue Mouse Kickstarter campaign page and find out how you can help.