We’re Almost There …
Please Help Us Finish the Job and Keep the Orpheum Open on Main Street for Years to Come!
Thanks to thousands of generous supporters and volunteers, the Chatham Orpheum Theater opened to the public as a non-profit cinema on July 26, 2013. Movies, popcorn, great dining and family fun are back on Main Street — but we still need your help to keep the tradition alive for years to come!
After raising $1.3 million to buy the historic theater building in 2012, an estimated $4 million was needed to fully restore and modernize our jewel-box cinema into a modern state-of-the-art motion picture theater. New contributions from founding supporters greatly helped, as did major grants from the Town of Chatham and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. But in our non-stop race to open the Chatham Orpheum Theater by the summer of 2013, our construction expenses and timetable outpaced our community fund-raising drive. To cover the difference and meet other expenses needed to finish the restoration on schedule, we secured a loan of $1.2 million.
Thanks to additional donations we’ve received from our wonderful supporters since opening day in 2013, more than $400,000 of that loan has been repaid! Plus we have raised $300,000 for our endowment, the Chatham Orpheum Legacy Fund. But there’s still a lingering debt of about $800,000 to pay off. While income from ticket sales and concessions can cover our daily operating costs, there’s very little left over to retire our loan.
Fact is, about 50% of the cost of every purchased ticket goes to pay film rental fees. And while we are a small, independent and non-profit cinema showcasing distinctive films, we still must compete with the big national chains and giant multiplex cinemas. That’s why your personal support and contribution is so important to us — and the future of movies on Main Street.
Your tax-deductible gift of $5,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100 or $50 will help greatly in our campaign to raise the final funds needed to ensure the Chatham Orpheum Theater has a strong and vibrant future in serving the entire Lower Cape all year round.
Please join us! Become part of the success of the Chatham Orpheum Theater!
Please click the button below to use your credit card and securely contribute on-line.
Or, if you prefer to mail a check, please download and complete the form below, then mail it to:
Chatham Orpheum Theater
PO Box 17
Chatham, Massachusetts 02633