Outdoor Movies For Metamora Kids
Organized by: Steve Collier
My wife and I live upstairs in a house that has our tourist shop downstairs, known as the Smelly Gourmet Coffee Bar and Gift/Sandwich shop. We are located in the middle of Main Street in the quaint, pre-civil-war historic village of Metamora, Indiana that, like other little towns that rely on tourism, has seen better economic times.
As the tourism business has dropped some, more of the former shops in Metamora are used as family homes. As a result, there is a growing number of young people in town- kids from a few years old through high schoolers. Best guess is 25-35 kids. Since it is such a small town, there is nothing much for the kids to do in the evenings. And since our town is a long ways from bigger towns, it is many miles to get to somewhere that has activities for the kids- even if there was enough money to do so.
So, with a desire to provide an occasional special evening event for our local kids (the photo shows some of our Metamora kids with their current project of decorating birdhouses for around town), we scraped together a thousand bucks to purchase some outdoor movie equipment, thinking we would run a movie in the front yard of our house on Friday or Saturday nights throughout the summer. If you've ever been to an outdoor movie, you'll appreciate the attraction of such an event.
The equipment, already purchased, is a DVD player, projector, amplifier and speakers, and a twelve-foot inflatable screen.
Our plan is to provide a free outdoor movie on our lawn, mainly for the kids, though their parents would be welcome too. Everyone brings their own lawn chairs or blankets. Wholesome, family-oriented entertainment. Give the kids something to do besides get into trouble at night.
It was a lot of work to come up with the thousand bucks to buy the movie equipment- money that probably should have gone into maintenance on our house. And the bulb alone for the projector will cost $300 to replace if it goes bad. But we like the town and the kids, so giving something to help keep them out of trouble seems worthwhile- they are generally great kids.
Then, the bombshell.
We learned it is illegal to show a movie in our front yard, even if we don't charge admission, without getting a license to do so.
The licensing company guy was very understanding and sympathetic to our cause as I described our goals, but still requires money for a license. The licensing company eventually offered a significant discount, since we are a very small group and not charging admission.
Still, the best deal he can offer is $75 per movie as long as we purchase a minimum of a five-movie package. In other word, we need $375 before we can legally show a single free movie in the front yard. We figure we could show four movies per month for four months (16 movies) this year if we could get the license, but that would cost us $1,200.00. Our project here is to raise money for two years. Next year we can start earlier in the year as soon as the weather allows, so we'd plan on 24 movies for 2015 at a cost of $1,800.
We couldn't really afford the $1K we already spent, so we REALLY can't afford more for the licensing. Our total goal is $4,000 to cover the two years licensing and the cost of the equipment.
Will you help us? The ones who benefit from this is the young people of Metamora. Maybe we can keep a few of them from getting in trouble by providing them some affordable (free) local entertainment in the evening periodically. Every nickel raised through this effort will go to this movie project- first and mostly, the licensing. As soon as we have raised $375 we will purchase the license and start the movie "season" on Fridays or Saturday nights.
Everyone is invited! FREE!