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Victory Theater raffle a success

Posted: Thursday, Mar 28th, 2013

Little helpers give Victory Theater manager Fred Baldwin a hand during the Monday, March 25, raffle. GAZETTE PHOTO/Brenda Beatty

KEMMERER — The Victory Theater is now about 25 percent closer to making a digital transition.

The first phase of managers Fred and Parry Baldwins' fundraising efforts came to a close when winners of the South Lincoln Economic Development Board-sponsored raffle were identified during the Monday, March 25, drawing.

She was amazed by the number of donations and level of ticket sales and is thankful to be part of such a supportive community, Parry told the Gazette.

The cost of transitioning to digital projection, an industry-wide movement already implemented by larger theaters, runs around $40,000 for a digital projector and is not optional.

Projecting movies on film is already almost a thing of the past; most movies are already distributed in digital format, and small theaters like the Victory are already competing for a limited number of film versions.

And with a limited viewing audience — by virtue of serving a small community — ticket sales don't reach a level that makes the business loan-worthy to a bank.

If the theater can't make the transition, it might not make it.

But with about $9,100 raised in the first of several phases to raise the necessary funds — and just shy of a $10,000 goal — the theater is about one quarter of the way to getting that digital projector.

In addition to purchasing tickets from the Baldwins and at the theater, residents could also buy them at Sloan’s Beauty Salon, Country Cuts, Best Western Plus Fossil Country Inn & Suites and The Kemmerer Gazette during the weeks prior to the drawing.

Many local business and individuals donated a wide array of items to be raffled, and the lucky winners of those items were Shaylyn Pollard, Orlen Zemple, Myra Papa, Lindsey Coryell, Deb Nash, Amanda Christensen, Jamie Painter, Sherrol Sloan, Cynthia Yantzi, Pat Greenfield, Jerry Greenfield, Bobbie Roberts, Destry Dearden, Ruth Miller, Andy Ourada, Glenna Sumsion, Dave McKonkie, Jeremy Starr, Emilee Dearden, Barb Peavler, Kim Nate, Connie Gunter, Laura Pope and Courtney Bartschi.

They will be picking up their "loot" at the theater on Friday, March 29.

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