Good news for film buffs: the Mission's Roxie Theater announced today that it's surpassed its $60,000 Kickstarter fundraising goal, with the total amount raised currently hovering at $61,533. According to the Roxie, the cash will be used to fund "digital conversion services to supplement but not replace [their] beloved 35mm and 16mm equipment, the design and implementation of a new website, and a contribution towards a long-term capital reserve to ensure the theater’s future."
Not only is this good news for Missionites, who would lack traditional movie options entirely without the space (at least until the Alamo Drafthouse project in the New Mission theater gets going), it's also good news for historical preservationists-- the Roxie is the oldest continually operating theater in SF and one of the oldest in the country, with a history that dates back to 1909. It's been an art-house theater since the 1970s, and plays home to Indiefest, Docfest, and Frameline, among other events.
The Roxie has made some big changes in recent years, acquiring non-profit status and securing permission to sell beer at the concession stand.
If you're looking to celebrate the successful campaign with a trip to the movies, they've got lots of good stuff coming up over the next two weeks, including a visit from The Found Footage Festival, screenings of Don Hertzfeldt's It's Such a Beautiful Day (which won't be shown again in theaters after this year), and a special showing of cult horror classic Black Christmas with an in-person appearance by star Margot Kidder. The Kickstarter campaign also has 41 hours to go, so you can still donate if you're so inclined. Let John Waters explain why: