When I first moved to Salt Lake City a year ago, many of my friends and
cohorts lamented the fact that a cinephile like myself was not going to
be in a major market area, where seeing something besides the latest
Transformers sequel or fart-humor comedy would be an impossibility.
was far from the truth though, and after meeting some of the fine folks
at the Salt Lake Film Society, quickly found out about theaters like
The Broadway in the downtown district. In an area called
Sugarhouse, which is a quaint and picturesque neighborhood rife with
independent record shops, coffee houses, a wonderful used bookstore, is
the wonderful and venerable Tower theater. It's 80 year existence is now
in serious danger as the staff and management scramble to raise funds
for the mandatory conversion to digital threatens this church of cinema
to close it's doors for good.
I was lucky enough last night to attend a casual after hours screening of John Landis' classic American Werewolf In London
by one of it's employees James Ramirez, and hadn't heard of the
troubles until we were standing around post-screening basking in the
glow. Needless to say I was completely deflated by the news, so in a
grasping at straws hope that some benefactor out there with deep pockets
see's this I'd like to point the readers of ScreenAnarchy at the Kickstarter
campaign that is in it's final days.
It kind of blows me away
that in an area that supports an event as massive as the Sundance Film
festival, a historical theater like the Tower would be allowed to
capsize, and sink into the depths of the memories of the local film
community, which again it has served for 80 years.
Let's help get
this old girl a new dress people. Maybe you love arthouse films but
live out of the area, or are a film maker who has had their work screen
there during Sundance or as part of the theater's adventurous programming.
Whoever you may be, I hope that you love old venues like the Tower as
much as I do and can see your way to putting 5 on it so the doors can
The campaign ends Oct. 8 and they are a long way from
their goal, so the trumpets are blaring, the S.O.S. sign burns bright,
and the flares are going up into the sky.
Please help save the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City by going HERE
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