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Salem Moviegoers Rallying to Save CinemaSalem

An online fundraising effort to 'Save CinemaSalem' is halfway there and picking up steam.

An online fundraising effort to save CinemaSalem that kicked off Tuesday is halfway to reaching its goal and gaining momentum.

Theater Owner Paul Van Ness has enlisted the help of Kickstarter, an online fundraising platform, in the hopes of raising the $60,000 needed to buy digital projectors.

Without the projectors, Van Ness said the theater won't be able to show the latest Hollywood films and will force him to close up shop in a matter of months, according to this video on the Kickstarter page.

Click Here for a look at the Save CinemaSalem Kickstarter fundraiser page.

As of early Thursday morning, the effort was halfway there - with 488 backers pledging to raise $30,000.

Will you be making a donation to the cause? Let us know why or why not in the comments section below.

Bill December 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I was under the impression we voted for the government to take care of everything with higher taxes on the rich. Is that not working out?
E. Born December 06, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I was happy to donate. I've enjoyed many movies there. Also, I like the way the Kickstarter program does not put the charge through on your credit card UNLESS the goal amount is reached.
Kate December 06, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Yes! We love Cinema Salem and all they do! It is a great resource for our community!
Mark Steele December 06, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I donated and will get 2 tickets in return. Cinema Salem needs to be kept around.
corrupt December 06, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Pray to God that it stays open....I truly would hate to deal with the staff. At library to rent DVDs again.....they made fun of my disability and was so destroyed my those comments.....dies any one know if that's legal
john December 07, 2012 at 12:04 AM
The cinema is like the ferry, both will not make it.
Cwheels December 07, 2012 at 01:16 AM
They are showing A Christmas Story on the big screen this Saturday. That's Awesome! I was planning on helping Cinema Salem out anyway but when I read that it reminded me how cool this place is and how lucky we are to have them.
Linette M December 10, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Indeed. I believe Cinema Salem was right at the top of the list. Because Salem is the only place in the country.
Linette M December 10, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Will definitely be donating something :)
Fran Wilson December 10, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I was on board the first day. Another way to support Salem and it's Downtown. Thrilled to be able to help a true asset of our wonderful city!

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