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Two Alachua County Movie Theaters Use Kickstarter To Fund Digital Projectors

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Alan and Janet Alligood used Kickstarter in High Springs during April and May, raising more than $87,000 to fund renovations and a new projector at the Priest Theatre.

Now, the Hippodrome Theatre is launching its own Kickstarter campaign in Gainesville.

It began Monday and runs through Sept. 20. Both cinema theaters needed to transition from film to digital projector units.

The efforts are part of a nationwide movement. Digital allows for clearer sounds and easier transportation of movies. At the Hippodrome, the Digital Cinema Package is going to cost an estimated $40,000, and the theatre already has $25,000 in grant funds.

“If we don’t have it in the long run, we will have to go dark and will not be able to show films in the future,” said Alisha Kinman, Hippodrome cinema director.

Their Kickstarter campaign needs to raise the additional $15,000, and any extra proceeds will go to remodeling the interior of the theatre such as new chairs.

In High Springs, the Alligoods replaced old curtains, electrical wiring, and that was just the beginning. There were many needed upgrades that Janet Alligood’s parents, Janice and Bobby Sheffield, did not have the funds to address when they owned it.

See more of the ongoing changes at The Priest in the gallery below.

Morgan Falcon contributed reporting.

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