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Hudson movie theater may close without funds

Small-town movie theaters are a beloved family pastime, but that tradition is fading as advances in technology are proving to be too costly to keep up with.

The Hudson Cinema is a two-screen, family-owned theater, owned and operated by Rob and Heather Hall. The theater has been open for seven years.

The movies come to the theater on 35MM film, but those are getting harder to come by. Production companies are going digital, meaning the Halls have to upgrade their theater to be able to show them. The upgrade costs $60,000 – money they just don't have.

"If we got a loan, then we would have to up our ticket prices, because it's very costly," Heather said. "We don't want to do that. We like having less expensive tickets for our customers because families can enjoy themselves."

To try to raise the money, the Halls started a Kickstarter campaign. They have 60 days to raise the money. They've raised just under $20,000 so far, but if they don't reach their goal by Nov. 12, not only will they have to start back at $0, they might have to close their doors.

While they say it will be hard if they have to close their doors, the Halls have faith they will make it work somehow.

"It's a massive challenge," Rob said. "We work now on a day-to-day basis. We have a movie, we pay the bills, and we don't do it to get rich. We do it because we enjoy doing it and bringing it to the community."

The Halls want to keep the family movie tradition alive. To help them, visit their Kickstarter campaign.

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