Digital Cinema Challenge Update

THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED AT THE COOLIDGE
Your support has helped us meet our fundraising goals for our Digital Cinema Challenge!

Dear All,

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, it is my pleasure to announce that we have successfully raised ALL funds ($223,000) needed to upgrade our main screens to digital projection. Please accept our sincere thanks for your support - we could not have done this without you.

The transition to digital projection is arguably the biggest transformation to hit the film industry since the advent of sound, and unfortunately, it may spell the end for many small cinemas that cannot afford this upgrade. As such, I cannot possibly overstate how grateful we are be a part of such a generous community, and to have audiences who recognize the value of the innovative, independent film programming we offer on a year-round basis.

Special thanks go the Massachusetts Cultural Council, who recognized the importance of this initiative early on, and who awarded us a challenge grant of $55,750 to kickstart our fundraising efforts; the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, our partner in the Science on Screen national initiative; the Brookline Community Foundation; and all of our wonderful donors. Please see below to view a full list of everyone who helped make this happen.

As you know, the Coolidge isn't just a movie theater - it's an institution. We have proudly served this community since 1933, and the success of our Digital Cinema Challenge ensures our vitality for many years to come. Here's to a bright future!

Sincerely,

Denise Kasell
Executive Director
 

Foundation Support


                

 

Digital Cinema Challenge Donors (listed in alphabetical order)


Leila Abelow • Morton Abromson • Benjamin & Emily Achtenberg • Robert Adelberg • Corinne & Gerald Adler • Kenneth & Marthajoy Aft • Melvin Albert • Alchemy Foundation • Michael Amenta • Estelle & David Andelman • Martin Anderson • Anonymous • Lucy Aptekar & Gerald Leader • Gwen Art • Demitrios Athens • Jeannine Ayotte • Lotte Bailyn • Dorothy Baldini • Richard Bankhead • Thomas Barrett • Barrington Foundation • Ros Barron • Susan Barsky • Richard Bartlett
• Lillian Bayone
 • Amanda Bedford
 • Rebecca Bell
 • Erin Bennett
• Christophe Benoist
 • Cristine T. Bergeron •
Diane & Fred Berk
 • Barnett & Marilyn Berliner
 • Alyssa Berman • 
Marilyn Bernstein • 
Jane & Leonard Bernstein
 • Ralph Bevilaqua
 • Benjamin Bierbaum
 • Claudine Bing
 • Cynthia Biron
 • Reagan Bissonnette
 • Dianne & Michael Blau
 • Deborah Bloom
 • Rebecca Blunk & Marcie Hershman
 • Andrew A Bochman
 • Eric Boeker
 • Annette Born
 • Robert & Louise Bowditch
 • Arlene Boyer
 • Anne Braudy
 • Brad Braufman
• Dana Brigham
 • Jeremy Brodt
 • Brookline Community Foundation • 
Diane Brown
 • Irving Brown, Jr.
 • Philip Broyhill
 • Oliver Buckley
 • Rebecca Burch
 • Padraig Burns
 • Robert and Ann Buxbaum
 • Margaret Cain •
 Mary Ellen Cantabene
 • Dr. Louis Caplan
 • Wellington Cardoso
 • Joseph Carey
 • James Carr
 • Claire Carswell, MD • 
Betsy Caruso
 • Mariana Catells • 
Jason Cervone
 • Gary Chan • 
Liseotte Charney • 
Alyce Chen • 
Nancy Ciaranello • 
 Matt Clancy
 • Rowena Clarke • 
Mary Clifford • 
Lawrence Clifford
 • 
Rosalie & Bertran Cohen
 • Barbara H. Cohen
 • Alison Cohen
 • Dr. Daniel & Marcia Cohen
 • Alison Cohen • 
Jason & Courtney Cole • 
Stephanie Cole • 
Brian Collins • 
Ileen & Alex Conn • 
Peter Connolly
 • Constant Contact • 
Pete Cooke • 
Walker and Jill Coppedge • 
Gina Crandell
 • Ken Crasco
 • Pierre Cremieux & Denise Jarvinen • 
Julie Crockford • 
Sarah Cruz • 
Christina Cunningham
 • Susan Cunningham • 
Matthew Curtis
 • Meghan Dalton • 
Patricia D'Amore • 
Fred Daum • 
Paloma de Rezende • 
Jolene de Verges • 
Chris DeSisto • 
Benjamin Dewey • 
Toby Dewey • 
Alexander Dietz
 • Brian DiMattia • 
Julie Dollinger • 
Connie Donovan • 
Elizabeth Driehaus • 
Emilie Drooker
 • Jocelyn Dunphy • 
Richard Duran • 
Kenneth & Rosetta Dymond • 
Enid Eckstein & Richard Monks • 
Ann Egan • 
Steven Ehrenberg • 
Henry & Florence Einhorn • 
Mark Eisenberg • 
Peter Elefterakis • 
Jacob Elkins • Thomas J Engelman • 
Gerald Entine • 
David Eppstein • 
Arthur Epstein • 
Susan Erickson • 
Seth Evans • 
Anne Farrington • 
Ellen Feingold • 
Leon Earl Fernandez
 • Christine Field
 • Timothy Finn • 
Julian Fisher • 
Janet & James Fitzgibbons • 
Mary Fitzsimmons • Giovanni Flammia • 
Martin Flusberg & Helen Tager-Flusberg
 • Samuel Forman • 
Bente Fortier • 
Laurie Fox • 
Mary Francis • 
Dan and Norma Frank • 
Deborah Frank • 
Justin M. Freed • 
John & Linda Freeman • 
Patricia Freysinger • 
Evie Frost • 
Paul Funk • 
Kenneth Gagne • 
Deborah & Robert Gandre • 
Sylvia Garfinkle
 • Moises Gelrud • 
Tony Gentilcore • 
Thomas Gill
 • Regina Gogol • 
Joan Goldberg • 
Arthur and Trudy Golden •
 Rose Goldman • 
Michal Goldman • 
Betty Goldstein • 
Cindy & Roger Goldstein
 • Marlene & Jerome Goldstein • 
Lorraine Goldstein • Keren Goodblatt
 • Deborah Goodman • 
Caryl Goodman & Austin Wertheimer
• Thomas Gosnell • 
Sondra Gotkin • 
Victoria Graboys • 
Susan Gracey
 • 
Sandra Gradman • 
Myra Grand • 
Odessa Gray • 
Angela & Michael Grazioli
 • Rosemary Green
 • Nathan & Shona Green • 
Eric Green • 
Natalie Greenberg
 • David Greenberg • 
Carolyn and Michael Grimes • 
Andrew Grossman
 • Michelle Guertin • 
Susan and Alan Guth • 
Thomas Gutheil • 
Rebecca Hajjar • 
Michael Hall • 
Kait Halliday • 
Christopher Hallock • 
James Hamilton
 • Herman Hamot • 
Jay Handron • 
Sara Hanson • 
Fred Hapgood • 
M. Greer Hardwicke
 • Jill & Gordon Harper • 
Marc Harpin • 
Ronnie Harrington • 
Michael Harrison • 
James Hartmann • 
Barry Hayes
 • 
Susan Hellerstein
 • Philip Hershberg
 • Erin Higgins • 
Susanna Hilfer
  • Carol Hillman
 • Rhona Hirschowitz • 
David & Sheila Hodgkins • 
Ellen Hoffman • 
 Sarah Hoffman
 • Oliver Hofmann
 • Margaret Hogan • 
Margot Honig • John Howell • 
R. Pamela Hoyle • 
Jonathan & Bridget Hron
 • David Hugh Smith • 
Barbara C. Hunt • 
Diane Iagulli • Brandon Isaacson • 
Naomi B. Isler • 
Martha Jackson • 
Edward & Betsy Jacobs • 
Kirk James • 
Daniel Jamous • 
Jill Janows • 
Dianne Jennings • 
Georgia & Bruce Johnson • 
Kenneth Kadis
 • Kenneth Kaplan • 
Joan Karol • 
Haskell Kassler • 
Jacqueline Kates • 
Erika Kates • 
Judith & William Kates • 
Howard & Ann Katz • 
Peter & Laurie Katz • 
Sherry Katz • 
Carl Katzeff • 
Patricia Kauffman • 
Sean Keeley • 
Linn Keife • 
Samuel C. Kendall & Catherine Zusy • 
Joel Kershner
 • Kanchan Ketkar • 
Judith Kidd
 • Mary Ellen Kiddle • 
Sharon Kimball • 
Phyllis Kimmelman • 
Deanna Kinney • 
Daniel Kirschner & Susan Kahn • 
Erica Kirsners • 
Beth & Seth Klarman • 
Toby Klebenov • 
Ashley Koed • 
Jonathan Kolb • The Kraft Group • 
John Kramer • 
Kristina Kriauciunas • 
Robert Kroin • 
Yael Kubo • 
Deborah Kulich • 
Debra & Jonathan Kurtzman • 
John Kyper • 
Lady Grace
• Elizabeth Lajoie • Marianne Lampke & Lisa Linnehan • 
Alvan & Carol Lampke • 
Lori Landay • 
Paul Landesman • 
Carla Lane • 
Roger & Lois Lange • 
James & Michelle Lapides • 
Rikk Larsen & Julie Graham • 
Kelly Larsen • 
Marian & Jerry Lazar • 
Linda Leahy •
 Virginia Leavy • 
Jay Lebed & Karin Kahn • 
Dr. Alan & Judith Leichtner • 
Patricia Leighfield • 
James Lerner • 
David & Ilana Lescohier • 
Ruthe & Jordanna L'Esperance
 • Nettie Lesser • 
Sondra Levenson • 
Andy Levey & Roberta Falke • 
Debbie Levey • 
Howard Levine • 
Susan Lewinnek • 
Harriet & Alan Lewis • 
James Lewis • 
Nancy Lincoln • 
Lois Lindauer • 
Deborah Lindeman • 
Roger & Alberta Lipson • 
John Little • 
William Lockeretz • 
Andrea Loew • 
Karen Lombard & David Howard • Case
Bernard & Louise Lown • 
Sarah Luchansky • 
Julie Luckham • 
George Lukas • 
Syrul and Robert Lurie • 
Barry Lyons • 
David Lyons • 
Ms. Judith Mabel • 
Tom MacDonald •
 Susan & Stanley Macht • 
Laura Mackil • 
Hal Mackins • 
Ted MacLean & Joanne Liautaud • 
Larry Madoff & Nancy Eng • 
Kevin & Rosemary Mahoney • 
Robert Malsberger •
Juan Mandelbaum & Clara S. Sandler • 
Martha Mangelsdorf & Roy Peabody
 • Barbara Mank • 
Irma Mann • 
Raymond Mannos • 
Pamela Manolakis • 
Lisa Martin & Mark Jensen • 
Juan Martinez • 
Lee Martz • 
Lee G. Martz • 
Massachusetts Cultural Council
• Robert Master • 
Michael Maynard & Ilene Greenberg • 
Michael Mayo & Tina Feingold • 
Ellen McCahon • 
Kevin McCarthy • 
Christine McCarthy • 
Michael & Mary McConnell
 • Grady McGonagill & Tamura Lanng • 
Richard McLaughry • 
Anne and Colin McNay • 
John McPhee • 
Guy McPherson • 
Linda & Bill McQuillan • 
Chris Mears & Karen Katz • 
Thomas Meek
 • Devanshu Mehta • 
Rose Mellion • 
Spencer Merz • 
Kelly Messier • 
Dale Meyer • 
Judy Meyers & Mark Pasternack
 • Rebecca & Nathan Milikowsky • 
Helaine Miller • 
Karin & Leonard Miller • 
Nasha L. Miller • 
Robert Miller • 
Wynne W. Miller • 
Michael Millner & Michele Howard • 
Mary-Ann Millsap • 
Slavenka Milutin
 • Suzanne Modigliani • 
Marianne Mortara • 
Connie Morton-Ewbank • 
Krisztina Nadasdy • 
Zachary Nash • 
Judith Nathans • 
Dr. Cristina Nelson • 
Amy Ruth Nevis & Matthew Kamholtz • 
Michael Newcombe • 
Robert Nicoson • 
Abigail Norman & Erika Peartree • 
Andrew O'Connell • 
Mike Offner & Lonna Steinberg • 
Deborah Oins • 
Leah O'Leary • 
Robert O'Neill
 • Roslyn & Stuart Orkin • 
Lynn & William Osborn • 
Judy Osborne • 
Valerie Ostrower • 
James Ottaway • 
John Overholt • 
Doreen Paci
 • Dean Papademetriou • 
Patricia Park • 
Kathleen & Byron Parrish • 
Sara Partington • 
Shirley Partoll • 
Brian Partridge • 
Ava Bry Penman • 
Joseph Perkell • 
Boris Perlovsky • 
James Philip • 
Elaine & Michael Pierce • 
Mini Ann Polumbaum • 
Marjorie Posner & Carol Nelson • Robert Prescod • 
Bonnie Press • 
Robert Primmer • 
Irene & Ronald Probstein • 
Prospect Fund • 
Michael Provencher • 
Rosamond Rabinowitz • 
Samuel Rabison • 
Kate Racculia • 
Catherine Racer • 
Gus Rancatore • 
Amelie Ratliff • Bathsheba Ratzkoff
 • Martha & Abram Recht • 
Sharon Rees • 
Teva Regule • 
David & Ann Reisen • 
Joseph David Reno • 
Betty Rhodes Latner • 
Gayle Rich • 
Clinton Richmond • 
Berol Robinson • 
Rachel Rochat • 
Tilla Rodemann • 
Steve Rogan • 
Mary Rogers • 
Kathleen Rogers • 
Stephen Romano • 
Steve Romano • 
Richard Rosen • 
Marcos Rosenbaum
 • Lee & Marilyn Rosenbaum • 
Abigail Rosenbaum • 
June & Norman Rosenberg • 
Abby Rosenberg • 
Joanna Rosenberg •
 Larry Rosenberg • 
Josh Rosenblatt • 
David Rosenthal & Sally Abrahms • 
Betsy Ross • 
Alice Rothchild & Daniel Klein • 
Sara L. Rubin & David L. Montanari • 
Evelyn Rubin • 
Danny & Louise Rubin • 
Charles Sandmel & Barbara Simonetti
 • Sarah Sandoski • 
Priscilla Santana • 
Laurel Santmire
 • Philip Sbaratta • 
Elizabeth M. Schaaf
 • Gabriel Schaffzin • 
Lynda Schiff • 
Thomas Schlatter • 
Ann Schlesinger • 
Charles Schlueter • 
Rich Schmid
 • Jeff Schwotzer • 
Barbara Scotto •
 Marie Scurti • 
Clare and Richard Segall • 
Larry & Ilene Seidman • 
Ann Seigle • 
Laura J. Sen • 
Cosmolyn Sewell • 
Elaine Shain • 
Todd Shapiro & Stacy Segall • 
Maida Shifman • 
Shippy Foundation •
 Howard Shrobe • 
Loren Shure • 
Steve Simon • 
Erika Simon • 
Sandra Sizer • 
Gretchen Slemmons • 
E. Jane Sloan • 
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation • 
Isabel Smith • 
Jean Smith • 
Priscilla Smith • 
Karen M. Smolens • 
Edith & Irving Smolens • 
Jody Snider • 
Diane Sokal & Randolph Meiklejohn • 
Andrew Somma • 
Ruth Spack • 
Marvin Sparrow • 
Alan Spatrick • 
Joanne Spector • 
Lionel & Vivian Spiro • 
Carol Spitzer & Bob Williamson • 
Nancy Spolsino • 
Robert Sprague • 
Elmer Sprague • 
Leo Sprecher • 
Robert Sprich • 
William Stanton & Lisa Lenon • 
Mark Starr • 
Barbara Steen-Elton • 
Jeanne Steig • 
Barbara Stein & Jin Suk • 
Robert Stein • 
Carol Steinman • 
Jeff Stewart •
 Andrea Still Gray
 • Susan Stoller
 • 
Christopher Stone & Elise Couture Stone • 
Alley Stoughton • 
Jesse Strachman • 
Philip Stymfal • 
Amy Sudarsky • 
Andrew Sutherland •
 Chuck Swartz • 
Sherri Swiman • 
Jane Talcott • 
Katherine Tallman & Peter Norstrand • 
Albert Anthony Tappe •
 Elizabeth Tapper & Peter Simkin • 
Lindsey Tapper
 • Dr. & Mrs. Barton Tayer • 
Karen Tenney • 
Dan Thal • 
Karen Thompson • 
Peter Thomson & Edith Buhs • 
W. Nicholas Thorndike • 
Benjamin Tocchi
 • Arnold Tofias • 
Alexandra Tolan • 
Laurence Traiman • 
John Travis
 • Marilyn Tressel •
 Melissa Trevvett
 • Karen Tucker & Jerry Avorn • 
Marilyn Turnbull • 
Anne Turner • 
Peggy & Reed Ueda • 
Deanne & Tom Urmy • 
Lisa Vaas •
 George & Claire Vasios • 
Rosamond Vaule • 
Karen Victor • 
John & Nira Voss • 
Patrick Waldinger
 • Scott Waldman • 
Cindy Walling • 
Michael Walpole •
 John Walsh • 
Leslie Walstrom & Tim Lefor • 
Tauby Warriner • 
Leslie Warshaw • 
Debra Wasiowicz • 
Anya Weber • 
Fred & Elizabeth Weber • 
Gillian Webster
 • Donald Weilerstein • 
David & Louise Weinberg • 
Robin Weinberger • 
Barnet & Sandra Weinstein • 
Rebecca Weinstock • 
Judy & Alan Weiss • 
Irwin Weiss • 
Derek Welch • 
Anne Wells • 
Michael Wessels • 
Barbara Wetherington • 
Ellen Whitman & Scott Cremer
 • James & Jane Wilson • 
Jane Wilson • 
Stone Wiske & Jim Dillon • 
Margot Wizansky • 
Christina Wolfe • 
Gail Wolfsdorf • 
Judith Woodruff • 
Katherine Yih • 
Jacqueline Yunits • 
Geraldine Zagarella • 
Louis Zand •
 Dan Zedek • 
Marvin & Thelma Zelen • 
Luba Zelikman
 • Donna Zerwitz • 
Kevin Zhang • 
Linda & Jerry Zindler • 
Ellen Ziskind

 

Articles and Resources


Interesting in learning more about the film industry's switch to digital projection? The articles listed below provide an overview of this issue.

The New York Times

"Resort Towns Face a Last Picture Show" — Eric Hynes

Full article


indieWIRE

"We're About to Lose 1,000 Small Theaters That Can't Convert to Digital. Does It Matter?" — Michael Hurley

Full article


Bloomberg Businessweek

"For Small Theaters, the Digital Future is Dark." — Nick Leiber

Full Article


LA Weekly

"Movie Studios are Abandoning 35mm Film" — Gendy Alimurung

Full article


TribecaFilm.com

"Indie Theaters Face Digital Mayhem" — Ira Deutchman

Full article