Save Colorado’s Historic Theaters!

10 Jul

DCI has made significant progress with our theater conversion project! On July 2, DCI met with representatives from Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) Rural, Business & Incentives, Film Office, and SBDC, and Denver Film Society to discuss the survey results and different funding and educational opportunities. We are honored to continue coordinating these efforts with our prestigious list of partners: Boettcher Foundation; Brush Area Chamber; Denver Film Society; Department of Local Affairs; El Pomar Foundation, Fox Theater; OEDIT Business and Incentives and Rural Development; Office of Film, Television and Media, a division of Colorado Creative Industries; Sands Theater; United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. 

Based on the initial research, DCI was able to identify seven non-profit theaters that had been engaged in fundraising and were eligible for foundation support to convert to a digital projector. Three quarters of the theaters in the state are privately owned so DCI created a proposal to assist the for-profit theaters to make them more economically viable through public-private partnerships, consistent fundraising, etc.

DCI will now continue the process of developing a one on one relationship with theater owners to build a stronger state-wide network, creating a half-day theater and arts facility facilitated discussion to identify best practices and options for creating sustainable and community driven models for theaters in Colorado’s downtowns, and creating a technical assistance program to provide training to rural, historic, privately owned theaters on different business models. 

If you have a theater in your community, please contact DCI today!

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