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Monday, September 9, 2013

Community Benefit of Social Media/Internet

Here is some great information from Rachel Goodstein:
Checking the internet for coverage of our kickstarter campaign I came upon several references  in sources I knew about e.g. The Advance, but I am sending this on to all of you because it illustrates how the internet and social media expand communication. 


A woman who blogs and tweets about movies happened to camp at Hoeft State Park during her recent vacation. Here is the link to her post with the archival photos she included and I have copied just  the text below the link. 





Help save a historic theater!

Kickstarter projects have been all the rage lately, with mixed reception from the internettin’ public. Kickstarters linked with the entertainment industry have received a particularly large amount of flack — “Why are rich actors asking for money when they’ve got enough in their bank accounts to fund multiple films?”


Regardless of where you stand on the issue of movie biz crowd-funding, you must admit that every once in a while a very worthy project comes along. While traveling, I stumbled upon one such project.


One of the cities closest to our campground was Rogers City, Michigan. It’s a beautiful place, situated directly on the Lake Huron shoreline. It is possibly most famous for its connection to one of the Great Lakes’ infamous shipwrecks, the loss of the Carl D. Bradley. (Sidenote: There is a fantastic documentary, November Requiem, about the Bradley’s sinking and the aftermath in Rogers City. Even better, if you ever find yourself in Rogers City, visit the Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum. This museum is home to the Carl D. Bradley’s bell, which was recovered from the wreckage and replaced with a bell engraved with the names of those who lost their lives.) On a lighter note, Rogers City also home to the world’s largest limestone quarry!


While exploring Rogers City I fell in love with their single-screen movie theater. We didn’t catch any films there — there were none showing last week, as the stage was being used for a community theater production — but it also doubles as an ice cream shop (which I made great use of) and a bicycle rental shop!


The Rogers City Theater has been in continuous operation since 1937, and it’s really the only place to see first-run movies in the Rogers City area. A passionate and dedicated owner has put a whole lot of time and money into renovating the theater, restoring some of its original decor, keeping up with building repairs and installing the technology required for the theater to serve not just as a movie house, but as a venue for concerts and stage productions as well.


I love historic theaters and like to give as much support as possible to the wonderful people who make sure that theaters like this stay open. Unfortunately, the dream of preserving Rogers City’s gem of a theater can’t stay alive much longer without the public’s help. With Hollywood continuing to transition to exclusively digital distribution of new releases, the Rogers Theater’s projection equipment is becoming obsolete.


…And that’s where your help (and cash) comes in! The Rogers City Theater’s Kickstarter project has 30 days left. They’re trying to raise $100,000 and so far have raised a little over $60,000 of that, so they’re more than half-way to the finish line! If the $100,00 goal is exceeded, the rest of the money will be used to bring more updates to the theater, particularly more comfortable seating. I urge you all to donate to this project and others like it, to keep small, independent theaters alive and well.


To donate to the Rogers City Theater, visit their Kickstarter page. (You’ve already seen this link if you follow me on Twitter, but I can’t share it enough.)