a/perture cinema in downtown Winston-Salem. Photo from Facebook, facebook.com/aperturecinema

Winston-Salem’s downtown art house theater, a/perture, is asking for support in its bid to expand from a two-screen cinema to three. The theater is known for screening award-winning independent and art house films and has participated in the RiverRun International Film Festival. a/perture has also supported Out at the Movies Winston-Salem, the Twin City’s LGBT film series.

a/perture says it needs $50,000 for their expansion, which will include a new screening room and expanded lobby space. They are raising the money online and are offering a variety of perks for those giving as little as $10 and as much as $10,000 toward the project (and, if you give the highest amount, the new screening room can be named after you or your business!).

As the theater explains on its fundraising page:

We have recently leased space immediately underneath our current theaters to create an additional 52-seat screening room, a larger lobby and gathering space, and a private party rental room. The additional screening room will provide us an opportunity to expand our programming selections and carry on our mission to bring even more in the best arthouse films to town. In order to do this, however, we need your help!

a/perture cinema is currently in the midst of converting the projection in our two current screens from 35mm projection to state-of-the-art digital cinema projection. This is an enormous financial endeavor, but an absolute necessity for us to continue to play the types of films we do. We have financed this conversion the traditional long-term bank loan route. Because we have this new obligation along with existing long term debts, we can’t look to traditional financing for our expansion plans. Instead we must look to you, members of our community and fans of what a/perture has to offer, to help us out.

Read more about the expansion project and donate online…

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.