Since 2007, the Little Art Theatre, now a nonprofit cinema, has hosted a horror movie marathon each October. The marathon has featured at least seven feature-length films annually, in addition to dozens of classic trailers, a costume contest, concessions, and more. Films have included classics as varied as Psycho, The Shining, Jaws, Videodrome, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, The Thing, Re-Animator, Repulsion, Night of the Living Dead, and Eraserhead. In past years the lineup has also included an area premiere, examples being Black Sheep, Splinter, The House of the Devil, and Best Worst Movie.
The cost of classic film rental and/or licensing is increasingly prohibitive. Each year, this event has grown its audience, but it’s always a struggle to break even while still putting on a worthwhile event. Though our preference would be to show 35mm prints of all the featured films, in the last couple of years we’ve turned to projecting films digitally in high-definition in an attempt to reduce costs. The event is always staffed by volunteers, and is often understaffed in critical areas like concession sales and projection.
We want this event to survive. We have a ton of fun putting it on, and we always get great feedback from our audience, who have come to look forward to the event each year. Yet each fall it becomes more and more difficult to plan the event with little feel for how it will perform, and weighing the very real risk that the event will lose money.
We need your help. We’ve set a goal of $2,500, which is the minimum cost to put on the marathon we’ve all come to know and love each year. In exchange for your $25+ contribution, you’ll be able to reserve your seat(s), and at the $100+ level you can also get a limited edition t-shirt, designed especially for the marathon.
1) More 35mm prints. See classic horror flicks in the highest possible resolution, in 35mm, on the big screen.
2) More films. Imagine a super-sized lineup — more than our usual seven or eight films. We’ve always reluctantly dreamed of putting on a 24-hour marathon, with a wide variety of classic fare — from suspense to hard gore. If you help us raise the money, we’ll summon the stamina.
3) More staff. Keeping a massive crowd well attended in a venue as cozy as ours for more than half-a-day is a challenge. If we can bring on more of our regular staff (in addition to our excellent volunteers) for the marathon, we’ll have the person-power to keep a better eye on the auditorium for disruptions like talkers and cell phone-abusers; to keep the concession stand fully stocked and operational throughout the entire event; and to tend to running projection more smoothly than ever.