Ramsey theater reaches fundraising goal, will stay open

A small theater that has been entertaining movie-goers for decades was forced to modernize or close for good. Instead, its owners put out a plea

A small theater that has been entertaining movie-goers for decades was forced to modernize or close for good.

A small theater that has been entertaining movie-goers for decades was forced to modernize or close for good. (11/5/13)

RAMSEY - A small theater that has been entertaining movie-goers for decades was forced to modernize or close for good.

Instead, its owners put out a plea for new projectors and fans came through. Supporters raised $125,000 in pledges, enough to remodel the 86-year-old theater and replace the projectors with new digital ones.

The owners say they weren't sure if they were going to hit their goal. "We were stuck at about $40,000 for three weeks," says Laura Rose. "And that's when we decided it was all or nothing."

A social media push and promises of free tickets, advertising and other perks for donors got them to their goal. The largest pledge was more than $15,000 from a local business.

Local dog trainer Kathy Santos pledged $2,500. "Because my son had been to so many birthday parties when he was little there," she says. "And we'd had a couple birthday parties for him there and I didn't want to lose that.'

The Ramsey theatre had closed earlier this year, outdated and in bad shape. The owners admit there's a lot of remodeling to do but they hope to reopen by Christmas.
 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Two Ridgewood firefighters were hurt battling house fire 1 2 firefighters hurt battling house fire in Glen Rock
Crews battled a large fire at the Marcal 2 Crews battle fire at Marcal Paper building in Elmwood Park
Reward being offered for information on recent bomb 3 Reward offered for information on Jewish Community Center bomb threats
A 36-year-old woman was beaten and raped in 4 Woman beaten, raped at gunpoint in Highland Park
Two Ridgewood firefighters were hurt battling house fire 5 2 firefighters hurt battling house fire in Glen Rock

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE