Batesville movie theater saved from closure

(WISH Photo/Jessica Smith)

BATESVILLE, Ind (WISH) – The Gibson Theater got good news about keeping their theater up and running.

An online rally to raise funds to save the town’s 93-year-old theater worked.

The theater needed to raise $15,000 by next Monday to make the switch from film to digital technology. Many people in the town didn’t think it could happen, but the money raised exceeded the theaters original goal.

The 93-year-old theater used film to play one movie at a time. Without digital technology, it became difficult to get current movies to play at the theater because companies no longer want to ship the heavy, outdated equipment.

The Kickstarter fundraising site helped the theater raise more than $15,000 online. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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