130 E. 5th Street has been the site of a cinema for 30 years now. Though seats were reupholstered 15 years ago when THE NEON closed for remodeling and reopened with 2 screens, the mechanics of each chair are from 1986...and they're beginning to fail.
The entire project of purchasing new rockers, removing the old seats, repairing and repainting the floor and installing the brand new, comfortable chairs will cost $50,000. That's $250 per seat!
We're looking for "NEON Lumbar Supporters" to help us with this project. We know you'll love the final result, and we're very happy that our auditoriums will be more accessible to all of our guests when the installation is complete.
For each donation of $250, you will be buying a Brand New Comfy Chair for THE NEON. As a special "Thank You," we will recognize you (or your company) in our lobby when the project is done. We will also give you a card for one complimentary small popcorn per month for the next 12 months.
If you'd like to go up to our "Sitting Pretty" level (at $350 or more), you will have the option to claim two of the current seats upon removal (while supplies last*) in addition to the "Thank You" details listed above.
Please note that although we are a for profit small business, we offer very reasonable prices and our profit margins are slim. Any donations you make are not tax deductible, but they are greatly appreciated.
If you're interested in making a donation, we encourage you to come into THE NEON and check out our sample seats. Though GoFundMe is a great tool and you can click and make a donation on their easy-to-use site, you're also more than welcome to come and make your donation in person at THE NEON with a credit card, check or cash during our traditional operating hours.
All donations toward this project are greatly appreciated, and no donation is too small!
Thank you so much!
Jonathan McNeal, NEON Manager
*Please note that chairs are 30 years old and will be given "as is." They must be mounted to the ground or a weighted surface in order to be used. You will be responsible for picking up these seats, and pick-up will be limited to a 2 day window with a date TBD.