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|Is It A Wonderful Life or an End of an Era?|
|URGENT “Last Kick” UPDATE FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013
Since you are reading yet another update/appeal from Encore Cinema, you are clearly a loyal guest/friend and we want you to know how much we appreciate that! This email will update you on where we stand as of Monday, November 4, 2013.
We will absolutely have the make a decision about the future of Encore Cinemas within the next 48 hours. As hard as that prospect is, we simply have no choice notwithstanding the overwhelming outpouring of moral support from the community.
In our last update by email and social media, we mentioned that we have had a number of people come forward to offer us financial support in the form of smaller sums that, in whole, could start to move us to our needs. We really appreciate the offers that ranged from $200 to $2000. As of now, we have not had enough offers to make the difference, but we want to “put it out there” that if this is of interest to you, this can work for us if enough people come forward.
Therefore, we are suggesting that if we can raise $50,000 in these smaller pledges of support between now and Tuesday, November 5, 2013, we will be able to put off a decision to close and have the flexibility to work toward raising the balance of what we need.
In return for an investment of $500 or more, we will offer 6% annual return for one a one year term. To incent the offer, each $1000 (up to $2000) investment will entitle you to one night out at the movies for 2 (admission, beverages, popcorn) per month for the term of the investment. For $5000, you will receive a VIP pass for 4 which will entitle you to free admission to an unlimited number of movies for the term of the investment.
To make this work, we will require funds in place by noon Tuesday. Each investment will be secured by a promissory note from Film.Ca Cinemas Inc. Investment funds will only be accepted if the aggregate of the investments equals at least $50,000.
To those who have already offered, you do not need to reply unless the terms we have laid out here are not satisfactory to you, otherwise we will assume you pledges still stand.
Once again, the deadline for this approach is noon Tuesday, November 5, 2013, but the sooner we hear from you the better so that we can make the necessary plans.
Once again, thank you!
Calling all Ghouls and Goblins!
Join us for scary fun leading up to and on Halloween Night! Get ready for a fright, as we present some classic Halloween movies!
EVERY TUESDAY, we offer you a DEAL you cannot refuse! Indulge in a little you time, escape the day to day, and join us for ALL SEATS TUESDAY!
**ALL SEATS TUESDAY RATES ARE THE LOWEST IN THE GTA**
ALL 2D movies – $5.00; ALL 3D movies – $7.00
The BEST Movie Deal in Town!
Please visit: www.film.ca for a list of Features and Showtimes!
We’ll see YOU…at the Movies!
After 15 years of celebrating families, communities and great movies, Encore Cinemas is at risk of closure – unless you can help.
When I founded Encore Cinemas on August 30, 1998, it was about creating an opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy the movie-going experience without going broke. This tradition of affordable, big-screen movies continues to this day at our five screen Oakville Mews location.
It has been an incredible journey and we have loved the privilege of incredibly loyal patrons, many of whom have been with us since day one. Among the most rewarding aspects of the business has been to get to know the hundreds of staff who have launched their working careers with us. It is so much fun to bump into former team members to hear about their lives, their careers and even their own kids! To top it all off, for the past six years Oakville residents have declared us to be the best movie theatre in Oakville in the readership awards at both the Oakville Beaver and North Oakville Today newspapers.
One of the pillars of our organization has been to model our business after the “nabe” theatres of the 40s and 50s where the local movie house wasn’t just a place to see a movie, but also a meeting place and where the community came together for a whole range of events, causes, activities and fundraising drives. We are proud to have been able to support so many worthy organization and local initiatives – we are suckers for a good cause! Our roster of local groups who have benefited from our community initiatives is too large to mention and it is safe and easier to say that there are only a few Oakville groups left we have not yet had the chance to work with.
Like most small businesses, we have had our financial ups and downs but we have always managed to pull through even the toughest of times. However, in recent years we have really been challenged to keep the films rolling. Changes in our industry, piracy, competition and access to capital have all worked against us to the point where we are at a crossroads in our existence.
Chief amongst our challenges is the change in the way theatres show movies. Theatres world-wide have been converting their traditional 35mm film projectors to digital projection systems over the past five years. Four years ago, we were able to convert one of our screens to digital, but we have been at a stand-still since then because we have not been able to raise the capital needed to do so. While the conversion saves operating costs, improves the screen presentation and opens up new revenue opportunities we are essentially living the old business adage “you have got to have money to make money.”
Every month I hear about another independent exhibitor closing up shop because they too were unable to make the switch. Those numbers are going to skyrocket now that the studios have officially announced that they are rapidly moving to a full digital only library. In short, we all have until the end of 2013 to convert or else…
We have tried hard to find traditional ways to secure the capital, but have failed. Our delay in converting is not only impacting our long-term viability but it has been having a dramatic impact on our revenue today. We closed our Burlington location last December, largely because the timely supply of second run prints was becoming a very large problem. In Oakville, some films are already digital-only and with only one digital projector, we are unable to play the many 3D movies that seem to be in constant demand. Over the past six months, we have experienced backlash from guests who insist on digital presentations.
Normally our summers are busy. In fact, very busy accounting for 1/3 of our annual sales in only two months. The grim reality of 2013? Our summer business is down a whopping 50per cent! Keep in mind, this is NOT an industry trend, as 2013 ticket sales are up over 2012, yet Encore is not enjoying that bump when we need it most.
Why is this happening? We believe that it is a number of factors, the primary one being the fact that we are not fully converted to digital as that has resulted in us not being able to access certain movies and it has resulted in guests leaving in favour of our competition who are already converted. Without a doubt, as part of the domino effect, our facility needs upgrades that we have not been able to do as a result of a lack of revenue and access to capital.
What does all of this mean? Simply, we either have to fix the situation quickly or we are going to have to wind down Encore permanently. In short, we need YOUR support!
How can you, our loyal guests, help? There are a number of ways:
•Make a point of attending the movies more often. Bring your friends and family today to see a movie. Drop by and buy some popcorn to enjoy at home or at work. Buy gift cards for future movie going! Tell your friends about us, let them know why you support Encore and encourage them to support a locally owned, independent movie theatre … a rare thing these days in the Canadian market of a total, and government sanctioned, cinema monopoly.
•Financially support our soon to be launched Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign to raise contributions in return for unique perks. The contributions will go toward our digital conversion. You can learn more about this at Indiegogo Encore Cinemas Campaign
You can find our Indiegogo link on our main page or follow this link – Save Encore Indiegogo Campaign Link
•Have some money to invest? We would love to hear from you! Any amount from a few thousand to $300k (the full cost of total digital conversion) would be most welcome and for which we would pay premium interest and incent the deal with VIP status at the theatre. We would be happy to discuss advertising and/or sponsorship opportunities for your business, etc. Frankly, the sky is the limit!
So, if you love Encore and you want us to be around to continue to offer more big movies for small prices, access for community activities, a steady supply of entry level jobs for our youth and for an alternative to the monopolistic corporate behemoth to the east and west, then please consider how you can help.
On behalf of the entire Encore team, thank you for your patronage, support and loyalty over the past 15 years. With your support now, we will hopefully be able to celebrate the beginning of our second 15 years on August 30!
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Make plans to bring your family to Encore THIS WEEKEND for the release of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2!!
Encore Cinemas is excited to be opening #Cloudy2 and we’re hoping you’ll join us to help us #SaveEncore by watching a movie with us THIS weekend!! We need your support now to help keep our doors open.
THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Come check out our Kids “Art Area” where your kids can colour their way to some great prizes. We will also be giving away some official Cloudy “swag” to some lucky guests randomly on Saturday and Sunday. As if that wasn’t enough…we’ll also be offering a special Kid’s Deal including a Child Admission and Kiddie Combo for $11.50 (2D movie) or $13.50 (3D movie).
Tell your neighbours, tell your friends! Encore is the place to be for the release of Cloudy2!! What a great, and easy, way to help #SaveEncore – YOUR local theatre.
We are excited to be partnering with the Sheridan College Animation Student Council to present Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs to all Animation students! Offering a special Sheridan College Animation Price* this Friday, Animation students will join us for the late screening of the highly anticipated sequel!
*students must present student card to be eligible for special rate.
My Second Home
For as long as I can remember, Encore Cinemas has been the place I go to no matter what kind of mood I’m in. Whether it was catching a flick with my buddies, a night out with the family, or even while I worked there, Encore has never failed to welcome me with open arms and instantly put a smile on my face when I walk in. I recently learned of their financial troubles, and it honestly breaks my heart knowing that one day, the doors of Encore may be shut forever. Having worked there for four years, I can say that I have a real attachment to Encore, not just the movies, but the people the staff and all the experiences that came with it. When I left the doors of encore for university after four years, it was sad leaving it behind. Now, with the clock winding down, it further saddens me knowing that I might lose the place that has been such a large part of my life forever. I’m not exaggerating when I say that losing Encore is almost like losing a really close friend. I could sit down for hours explaining how much this place really means to me but I only have this paragraph, and at the end of the day, it requires help from everybody. I just hope as a community, we can support them. Nevertheless I want to thank Encore for everything they have done in the past, and giving me memories that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. They gave me my first job, and my favourite job and I am thankful that I got to be a part of the “family”. Until next time… hopefully.
Encore Cinemas- Customer Service Representative 2007-2011