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The notification of the grant arrived just after the Colorado Economic Development Commission agreed to also provide funding to rural theaters for conversion to digital projectors.
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Many of Colorado’s theaters face closure if they are unable to convert to digital projectors. The Gates and Boettcher foundations approved funds for nonprofit-owned theaters that work with the Denver Film Society as a pass-through entity to make equipment sub-grants to rural theaters.
The grant to Downtown Colorado Inc. will support work with Small Business Development Center directors to create technical-assistance guidance for theater owners, with a special focus on those who are small, rural, historic, and privately owned. A theater and arts facility summit will be held Sept. 10-13 in Grand Junction to identify best practices for creating sustainable and community-driven models for theaters in Colorado’s downtowns.