Save Our Butts (& Yours); Help Fund New Cinema Seats
After more than 20 years of constant use, the seats in our theatre's cinemas need to be replaced. Their low backs, flattened seats and small-ish cupholders are great for nostalgiac purposes, but not so good for the, um, not-so-flattened seats of today's savvy filmgoers...like you.
We intend to replace the old chairs with high-backed, soft-cushioned maroon seats in each of our two cinemas this spring...but we need your help to do so. We've launched a campaign to fund the new cinema seats at Kickstarter.com with the hope of raising $25,000 toward the total project cost of $60,000.
Simply put: you can save our butts and your own.
If you make a pledge at any of seven key funding levels (see all below), you'll receive our thanks, get a perk AND you'll help improve the movie-going experience in one of the Triangle's most venerable theaters. (DEAL ALERT: An $89 donation — in tribute to the Theater’s upcoming 89th birthday in February — earns supporters eight movie tickets, eight free large popcorns, eight free sodas and more — a nearly $150 value for $89. We aren't good at math, but that seems like a steal.)
When the new seats are installed in Cinema 1, nearly every one of the 233 chairs will recline. In the smaller 49-seat, Cinema 2, the back four rows won't recline, but the Theatre will replace the current first three rows with two rows of recliners. We expect to complete the project in April 2015.
Just think of how happy your butt will be. So, pretty please: save our butt and yours. Donate.
Pledge Levels and Perks for Carolina Theatre Kickstarter:
Pledges of $22 or more
Mark the Feb 2 (2/2) anniversary of the Carolina Theatre's opening in 1926, and you'll be recognized by name as a donor in ShowTime magazine and receive our heartfelt thanks for supporting the project.
Pledges of $49 or more
Cinema 2 will have 49 seats when the project is completed, and you and a guest will be invited to a free screening to preview the seats before anyone else, plus recognition in Show Time magazine.
Pledges of $89 or more
The Carolina Theatre turns 89 years old in February, 2015. Mark the year with a contribution that will earn you a Carolina Theatre VIP movie pack - 8 movie tickets with free large popcorn and soda, plus the previously mentioned benefits.
Pledges of $233 or more
Cinema 1 will have 233 seats when the project is complete, and at this level you'll receive free passes for a year for the Retro series of your choice: Retrofantasma, RetroClassics, or RetroTreasures. You'll also receive all the benefits of lower donation levels.
Pledges of $404 or more
Donate the cost of a pair of seats, and you'll receive all of the aforementioned benefits plus on-screen recognition in our Cinemas for 30 days after the seats are installed.
Pledges of $1,032 or more
This level, which corresponds to the number of seats in Fletcher Hall, will earn you a Bring-Your-Own-Movie private screening for you and your friends in Cinema 2, plus all of the previously mentioned benefits.
Pledges of $1,926 or more
Mark the year the Carolina Theatre opened by donating at our highest level! In addition to all the great benefits we've already mentioned, you'll receive passes for 52 weeks of free movies, popcorn and soda for one. And at this level, your BYOM private screening in Cinema 2 will come with free popcorn and soda for everyone! Plus, of course, all the aforementioned benefits.