Kamas Theater cooking up a fundraiser on June 22
Since January 2012, Kevin Harris and his wife Sharee, the couple that run the Kamas Theater have been raising money to buy a digital projector.
The projector is necessary because film studios are opting to ship films digitally to theaters.
Once the studios stop sending 35 mm films altogether, the Kamas Theater will have to shut down.
So far, the Harrises have raised $4,500. But much more is needed, Kevin Harris told The Park Record.
"Originally, we were told that a new digital projector will cost us $65,000, but this year, a new model came out that costs $45,000, which includes the installation," Harris said. "It’s just a basic projector. It’s not 3-D or anything like that, but it will play the movies."
On Saturday, June 22, the Kamas Theater, 30 N. Main St., will host a fundraiser bake sale to help add some money to the projector fund.
The event will start at 10 a.m. and run through 3 p.m.
The sale will offer some pastries the Harrises will make and they are hoping others will donate goodies as well.
"We’re looking for volunteers to bake stuff or bring something to the sale," Harris said. "That would help us out as well."
If people are interested in bringing items to the sale, they can call (801) 362-8163.
In addition to the sale, the fundraiser will feature projector tours and splicing demonstrations for $2 a person.
"Many people are curious about the old projectors, and time and again they’ve asked if they can look at them in the projector booth," Harris said. "So we thought we would open it up and have them come in and show them how we splice the films together.
"We’ll show them how we thread the film into the machines and how we splice the films from one reel to the next," he said. "I think they’ll be surprised that splicing just basically means we tape the film together."
That process, Harris said, will soon be a thing of the past.
"We thought it would be a cool opportunity to do this while the projectors are still in operation," he said.
Although the Harrises have been trying to raise money for nearly 18 months, things have been slow.
"Regardless, we are hopeful about getting a grant that we have been working on," Harris said.
The paperwork has already been submitted.
"They keep asking us for more information, which is a good thing, because I don’t think they would be doing that if they weren’t going to give us the grant," he said.
The grant would provide about $40,000 of the total funds, which would allow the Harris’ to order the projector.
"We need to raise at least 50 percent of the $45,000 before we can order the projector, and the grant will obviously help us with that, but then we have to come up with the balance once the projector is installed.
"The more money we raise, the better things will look for us," he said.
When and if the Kamas Theater does get the digital projector, Harris would like to put the old ones on display.
"We don’t have much room, but I think it would be nice to put them somewhere like in the window or in the lobby so people can see them," he said.
The Kamas Theater, 30 N. Main St., will host a bake sale fundraiser for a new digital projector on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/kamastheater or http://www.kamas-theater.com.
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