Help save the Blue Mouse Theatre

23 Nov

Help save the Blue Mouse, a North End landmark and one of the Northwest’s oldest theaters! Due to the high cost required to convert their operations from film to digital, this 89-year-old theater is in danger of closing its doors. A KICKSTARTER campaign has been set up, in partnership with Tacoma Neighborhoods Together, to raise funds for the conversion. Check out the Blue Mouse Kickstarter page which includes a video about the theatre featuring historian Michael Sullivan, and former Tacoma mayor, Bill Baarsma. $21,000 of the $75,000 goal has already been raised, with 53 days to go!

Arts writer Candace Brown wrote the excellent post below on her blog, Good Life Northwest.

Photo courtesy of Candace Brown

Help Save the Blue Mouse Theatre

Like the subject of a Norman Rockwell painting, Tacoma’s Proctor District thrives and functions as the quintessential American village—walkable, convenient, and complete, with a lively retail core, schools, churches, fire station, restaurants, library, services, a farmers market, and more—a gem within the larger city. And if Proctor had its own official town hall, that might be the historic Blue Mouse Theatre.

Photo courtesy of Candace Brown

On balmy summer evenings or rainy November nights, it’s a community gathering place. Outside, friends and neighbors visit with each other while waiting to step up to the box office window, where General Manager Susan Evans will offer a cheery greeting and joke around as she hands them their tickets. The old paneled doors open and the warmth of the lobby and smell of popcorn wrap around you like a hug. Above it all, those little blue neon mice just keep scampering across the marquee, at least for now. But they are in danger.

Concerning this icon of the community, the word on the street in Proctor is “Go digital or go dark.” Like every small, vintage theater across the country, the Blue Mouse faces the high cost of digital conversion. During 2013, it will become far more difficult, if not impossible, to obtain 35mm film versions of movies as the digital format sweeps the market. But converting to digital projection equipment can cost $75,000-$100,000 or more….
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Find out more about the Kickstarter campaign here and help save the Blue Mouse!

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