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Sea View is saved

April 16, 2014 · 4:38 PM

With great joy we announce that the campaign to raise funds for a new projector is now closed.  As of Friday, April 11, we raised a total of $56,000, and we were able to place the order for the new digital projector. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the support.  We Saved The Sea View Theatre! There were over 250 donors that stepped forward to help. It wasn’t just a few large donations, it was many people understanding what we could lose and stepping up to help. This island demonstrates again and again the power of community.

We want to thank you for your patience this past month while we were working to get the best machine for our theatre.  It is now secured, and we are hoping to have it installed by the beginning of May.  With this digital projector, we will not only have access to all the new movies available only in digital format but the picture and sound quality will be the latest technology.

We have started the process to send out donor thank you gifts that will include movie passes, T-shirts, Red Carpet Gala celebration tickets and much more. A legal covenant has been signed and recorded that restricts the use of the building primarily to that of a movie theatre and live performances for the next 15 years.

Now that we have a way to keep the doors open for the movie business, we are going to begin the renovations to the building.  We want to restore it to a heritage style theatre, something that we can all be proud of. Through a service donation from Ian Woolworth, we will have the outside painted in the next few months. We have applied for a beer and wine license and have plans to upgrade the food service.

If you missed the opportunity to participate in this campaign you can help with our next effort  to replace the seats.  Stay tuned.

We want to especially acknowledge the following supporters:   Red Digital Cinema, BARKO, INC., Rock Island Media, Lance Evans, Mark O’Neil, Richard Buckley from PNTA (Seattle), Miles McCrae, Wade West, Paul & Peter Kamen, Valerie Harris and Marty Graves, Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Sea View Theatre committee members; Jared Lovejoy, Ian Woolworth, Robert Hall and Sea View manager Ingrid McClinton.  And the anonymous angels (you know who you are), thank you!

Thanks to all that helped out in big ways and small, our little old theatre in our sweet town is about to get a new life.

John Mount

Sea View owner

Donna Laslo

Campaign manager


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