Come Join Us At The NEON!
We're raising money for our new digital projectors
Sunday, October 14th 2012
Enjoy a 35mm screening of AMELIE along with appetizers
provided by Meadowlark, Coco's Bistro, and Roost

In the coming months, many movie distributors will no longer offer 35mm film to exhibitors. The NEON must transition to digital projection in order to stay in business and continue our community-driven mission. Help us usher in the new technology as we celebrate the old! Amelie will be projected via 35mm, and we will close the following day for our new installation.
On-line ticket sales have been closed. Remaining tickets for this benefit are only available at THE NEON's Box Office. Please call for availability. (937)222-8452
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Within the coming year, bigger distributors will stop making 35mm prints. Their titles keep us in business (like THE KING'S SPEECH, MOONRISE KINGDOM and THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL) and subsequently allow us to play smaller gems. In October, THE NEON plans to shut down for a few days in order to install new digital projectors. Though we'd love to keep our 35mm projectors running, we're being "forced" by the industry to make this change.

The multiplexes are obtaining financial assistance from distributors, but for us to maintain our community-driven mission (which includes film festivals, assisting local artists and organizations with special screenings, etc.), these programs don't work for us.

On October 14, we will have a benefit at THE NEON to assist with the transition to digital projection. We will screen the film AMELIE on 35mm, and 3 of Dayton's best restaurants will provide appetizers - Meadowlark, Coco's Bistro & Roost. In addition, we'll hold a small auction of film-related items with Dayton roots. (Martin Sheen has given us some fun items, Allison Janney is on-board to provide us with something, and J. Todd Anderson will donate a storyboard from one of the Coen Brothers' films to auction. And there's more to come!)

Though we'll be sad to see our 35mm projectors go away, we're excited about some of the changes that will come along with our new equipment. THE NEON will finally be able to offer hearing assisted devices! We'll also be able to occasionally offer screenings with closed captions for the hearing impaired (and I know some of our customers prefer subtitles when accents are hard to discern). We've got lots of options, and we're looking forward to the new opportunities.

We hope you can join us on this fun night. If you're unable to attend but would like to make a donation, we would certainly appreciate that, too. Tickets for our benefit are available via paypal on this site. They are also available in person at our box office.

THE INDIE LOVER Ticket is $100 - This ticket gets you your first beer or wine, appetizers from 3 great restaurants, and the screening of AMELIE. THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Ticket is $150 - This ticket comes with unlimited beer and wine, delicious appetizers, the screening of AMELIE and 1 Entry into our drawing for Naming Rights of our large auditorium.

Thank you for your support!