Darkside Upgrading

By Patrick Fancher

darkside1Before the Darkside Cinema broke onto the Corvallis scene, locals’ only access to independent and foreign films came by way of video stores with maybe one or two available copies. Now almost 20 years later the Darkside has become a landmark of not only the art and culture community, but for people out to see a movie.

This unique theater has given us so much—and now we have the opportunity to give back. The Darkside recently launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise enough money to purchase a much-needed, new DCP projector. Thirty-five millimeter film projectors are being replaced by digital projection systems throughout the industry, and mainstream movies are no longer available in the old form.

The Darkside currently has one DCP projector installed on rental, which is costly to maintain. And they also use alternative projectors on their other two other screens, limiting them to only showing smaller studio films. Many of the theaters unable to make the switch have closed.

The goal is to raise $45,000 to purchase the new DCP projector the theater needs to keep its doors open. We need the Darkside, as evidenced by our entirely Darkside-free summer movie preview from last week. If you want to see a movie not based on a comic book in this town, you can’t do any better.

If you’d like to make a donation or get more information on this fundraiser, visit http://darksidecinema.com.