SALT LAKE CITY — After a major campaign effort, the Salt Lake Film Society is completing its installation of digital equipment in their theaters.
Monday, Susan Tive, Development director with SLFS, said the nonprofit had completed the installation of five projectors and was finishing up work on the final two this week. The Tower and Broadway theaters, run by SLFS, are Utah’s largest platform for foreign language, documentary and independent film.
Last year, using traditional fundraising methods, educational outreach and Kickstarter – an online platform for independent fundraising – SLFS was able to reach their fundraising goal for a total of $700,000 to switch its seven screens from 35 millimeter film to digital projectors.
“We really are very humbled and grateful to the community for coming forward,” Tive said.
As the money came in, SLFS put it to use updating its theaters. Tive said the update didn’t come a moment too soon, as 35 millimeter film began disappearing as quickly as they could update theaters. With its timing, Tive said, SLFS was able to prevent limiting selection to customers.
“We kind of timed it right. It would have been nice to have a little more breathing room, but it worked out quite well for us,” Tive said.
Tive said the fundraising was an opportunity to educate the community about the organization and to reach a variety of people.
“It was really an effort from every demographic of the community that stepped up and helped us out, from $5,000 to $50,000 to larger grants from governmental organizations,” Tive said. “It’s a great celebration of how widely loved and recognized the film society is by so many different segments of the community.”
SLFS is planning a celebration for the community that is expected to take place in the late winter, early spring.