Help Reopen the Fenton Cinema

Fenton Cinema
Funding for: Digital projection, 3D, roof repairs, HVAC & parking

about my venture

Help Us Reopen the Fenton Cinema!  
Our goal is to acquire the Fenton Cinema located in Fenton, MI.  The cinema is an eight screen movie theater that has been closed since 2008. This has left an entertainment void in the Fenton Community that needs to be filled.

We want to provide a friendly, clean, affordable atmosphere where families can come and enjoy a movie in their own community.  A place where teenagers can come on dates or just with a group of friends. A theater that shows first run movies at bargain prices. The residents of Fenton don't want to have to drive 20 miles one way to see a movie and then have to pay high ticket and concession prices on top of that. 

Our plan is to upgrade to digital projection and sound, add a 3D screen, make all the necessary repairs to the roof, HVAC units and parking lot. We plan to provide a party room for movie parties, put a fresh coat of paint on everything and replace damaged seats and do a thorough, professional, cleaning of the movie screens, drapes, seats and carpets. 

How Can You Help?
We need YOUR help to make this dream a reality.  You can help by selecting a pledge level (and reward!!) to the right of this screen and contributing to the campaign.  Please be sure to also share this project link on your Facebook and Twitter accounts and with everyone you know who would support this effort.  Feel free to shout it from your rooftop if you think it will help!

We all know that the Fenton Cinema has been closed for the past four years and their have been several attempts to purchase the building and reopen it.  It is going to take someone who has experience operating a movie theater to make this actually happen.  We are those people!  With the current economic climate it is tough to find funding to take on this type of project, that's why we are reaching out to the community to ask for your help to get this done. If we all work together, we can make this happen!

The great thing about using Peerbackers to provide support is that money is taken in the form of a pledge collected safely and securely through Paypal. We don't collect ANY funds if we don't get enough to follow through on the project.  When we have secured enough funds to use as a down payment or purchase the theater, we will collect the pledges. 

We are investing approximately $50,000.00 of our own money into this project in addition to the balance we will have to borrow from the bank.

If you don't have a Paypal account or don't want to create one you can mail a check or money order directly to us.  We won't cash the check unless we raise enough funds to follow through with the project, AND you will still receive your reward.  Go to www.fentoncinema.com and send us an email through our "Contact Us" tab and we will tell you where to send the check. 

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  • elevator pitch

    We want to reopen the Fenton Cinema and provide the community with first run movies at bargain prices with the lowest concession prices around.

  • backer rewards

  • Set Decorator

    A personal thank you note from the owner and a free small popcorn on your first visit to the Fenton Cinema.

    2 backers

    $10.00+ pledge
  • Cast

    A personal thank you projected on the flat screen televisions that will be in the new lobby for the first three full months of operation

    3 backers

    $25.00+ pledge
  • Crew

    A personal thank you projected on the flat screens in the lobby for first three full months of operation plus a T-shirt with the new theaters name on the front and “Crew” on the back.

    2 backers

    $50.00+ pledge
  • Wall of Fame

    Gets you a T-shirt plus your name (or dedication) on our “Wall of Fame” that will permanently be on display in the front lobby of the new theater.

    3 backers

    $100.00+ pledge
  • Chronicles of Narnia

    "Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion" But you will get a movie party for ten which will include party paper products, two large one item pizzas, bottomless pitchers of pop and a small bag of popcorn for each individual for the movie and a reservation for use of the new party room. Includes ten movie tickets. Great idea for child's Birthday Party!

    1 backers

    $250.00+ pledge
  • Lord of the Rings

    An innocent hobbit of The Shire journeys with eight companions to the fires of Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron forever. But, you will get a movie party for up to 25 for you and your friends which will include party paper products, four large one item pizzas, bottomless pitchers of pop and a small bag of popcorn for each individual for the movie and a reservation for use of the new party room. 25 movie tickets included. Great idea for an adult or child's Birthday Party!

    0 backers

    $500.00+ pledge
  • The Gladiator

    "When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge." But you can get your company or organization a 30 to 60 second commercial to run on our flat screen lobby televisions for the first year of operation (advertising rates will apply if continued) and your name on our “Wall of Fame” OR you and ten friends will receive VIP access into our Grand Opening Celebration with a special feature to screen and individual concessions. You will also get your name on the “Wall of Fame” and you and each of your guests will receive a T-shirt.

    0 backers

    $1,000.00+ pledge
  • I, Robot

    "In the year 2035 a techno-phobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity" But you and 20 of your friends will receive VIP Access into the Grand Opening celebration and individual concessions and you will get a star on our “Walk of Fame” outside the theater (or inside the theater depending on end location of the “Walk of Fame”) and you and each of your guests will receive a T-shirt.

    0 backers

    $2,000.00+ pledge
  • Edward Scissorhands

    "An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful teenage girl" But you and 25 friends will receive VIP access into the Grand Opening celebration, concessions for you and all your guests and you will get a star on our "Walk of Fame" outside the theater (or inside the theater depending on end location of the “Walk of Fame”), your name on TV screen in the theater lobby and a T-shirt for you and each of your guests.

    0 backers

    $5,000.00+ pledge
  • The Sixth Sense

    "A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist" But you can name an auditorium after you (or name it after someone you dedicate it to), receive VIP access into our Grand Opening Celebration, receive a star on our “Walk of Fame,” and a T-shirt.

    0 backers

    $10,000.00+ pledge
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about entrepreneur

Teresa LaFountain

Co-owner with husband / Fenton Cinema

My husband, Steve, and I reopened a five screen movie theater that had been closed down for six years. We have successfully owned and operated the theater for the past eight years. Menards Home Improvement store has purchased the mall where we lease our theater and we are forced to close. We have been small business owners for 14 years and understand the kind of hard work and dedication it takes to make a business successful. Our desire is to apply the same successful business practices to the reopening of the Fenton Cinema.