Group hopes to have one-screen theatre running next spring
“We focused in on a location which was one of these places,” Mairs said.
“It was like ‘Oh, what is this being used for? Oh, it’s not being used for anything. Well, who owns it?’ So that’s what eventually led us to the very positive situation we’re in now.”
The idea is to screen both independent and second-run Hollywood films at the cinema.
The indie cinema has already received community and government support, including a $39,857 FedNor grant to pay for for architectural designs by the firm Castellan James + Partners Architects Inc. and Mairs’ salary.
The project also received some finances from a pair of angel investors — Roger and Chris Nash. The group is currently looking to contract a fundraiser willing run a $300,000 capital campaign for the co-op.
Mairs said the speed with which the cinema gets up and running is dependent on the level of financial support the project receives.
The Sudbury Downtown Independent Cinema Co-operative’s future location was announced as it gears up for the Best of Hot Docs Sudbury festival.
The film festival, which runs Nov. 6-9 at a number of downtown venues, is being put on by the indie cinema group in partnership with Mairs’ film production company, BAM North Productions.
For more about the film festival’s lineup, visit www.bamnorth.ca. Learn more about the Sudbury Downtown Independent Cinema Co-operative by searching for “Sudbury Indie Cinema Downtown” on Facebook or visitingsudburyindiecinema.com.