What a difference a year makes! Just over a year ago our community faced the real threat of losing one of its greatest cultural assets, Railroad Square Cinema, due to industry-driven changes in movie exhibition technology. Thanks to tremendous support from the community, we overcame that obstacle and are ready – with your help – to tackle new challenges and further develop a vibrant film culture here in Maine.
In the past year, the Maine Film Center purchased Railroad Square Cinema and installed the digital projection equipment required to keep the theater in business. We continued to offer the current art house releases you have come to expect at the theater along with even more special programming, such as our Samurai Saturdays series in September and our Monday Night Movies 35mm series at the Waterville Opera House. We also presented what has been widely regarded as the most spectacular Maine International Film Festival to date… and we don’t plan to stop there! In the coming months, you will see exciting renovations to the cinema lobby, which will be expanded to encourage even more community interaction and dialogue.
As you can surely appreciate, offering thought-provoking, alternative programming requires significant and ongoing financial resources, and running an art house theater in a small community is challenging. In short, our efforts simply cannot be sustained on ticket revenue alone. Like our fellow art house theaters across the country, we must rely on a variety of funding sources, including memberships, grants, sponsorships and individual contributions to support our mission. We need your support now more than ever as we launch into our renovation project and expand our efforts to present programming designed to enrich, educate and entertain a growing community of film-lovers.
We passionately believe that the Maine Film Center and its programs are vital to the quality of life and cultural richness of central Maine. If you agree, please support our work with a tax-deductible contribution.