FORT WAYNE—Cinema Center is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from The Waterfield Foundation, and a $20,000 grant from The Chapman Fund to be used toward the purchase and installation of the theater’s new digital projection equipment.
These grants are matching grants, meaning funds raised by Cinema Center from other sources such as donations from its membership and gifts from other foundations, will be matched up to $25,000, until Sept. 1, 2013. As of June 11, Cinema Center has raised nearly $20,000 of its $50,000 goal, for its conversion to a digital projection system, a critical capital upgrade for the organization due to film distributors ceasing the production of 35mm film by the end of this year.
“Cinema Center is very grateful Howard Chapman of the Chapman Fund and Waterfield Foundation approached us and understood that without the digital projection upgrade, Cinema Center can not exist to showcase film as an art form,” Cinema Center executive director Jonah Crismore said. “Because of these foundations’ generosity, Cinema Center is now well-poised to reach our $50,000 goal for the equipment by the end of summer.”
Cinema Center is a not-for-profit arts organization, dedicated to bringing northeast Indiana the best independent, foreign, and documentary films. In January of 2013 the theater received notices from its larger distribution partners it would need to convert its 35mm projector to a digital system in order to continue screening new films. Many smaller, independent distributors have already gone to a digital-only format for theatrical screenings.