Tacoma Urbanist

Dec. 10, 2012 at 12:52am

Blue Mouse Theater Needs More Financial Pledges Soon to Be Saved

The effort by the Blue Mouse Theater to raise $75,000 through Kickstarter passed the 50 percent mark this weekend.  However, contributions have slowed and there are only 37 days remaining. (A total of $38,795 has been raised to date).  If the entire $75,000 is not raised, the theater will receive nothing from the fundraising effort.

Consider making, or increasing, your contribution today with a pledge from $1 to $1000.

Here is chance for Tacomans to save a city icon.


Dear Friends And Community Members,

Can you believe it? On November 13, 2012


Are you aware of the fact that the Blue Mouse Theater has received historical recognition locally, statewide and nationally for being the longest running movie house in the State of Washington?

That makes us pretty special, doesn’t it?

Yes, the Blue Mouse showed its first movie The Green Goddess with George Arliss on November13, 1923. I’m certain that the original owners never dreamed that this wonderful little neighborhood movie house would last so long.But hooray for us, we have survived all the obstacles and changes that have taken place all these years.

And here we are today, facing another historical change. It is called “digital projection.” We have been advised that after 2013 there will no longer be 35mm films made.Every movie house in the nation will have to go digital or close its doors.

Modern technology is racing by everywhere and it’s necessary for us to jump on board too, or be left behind. Wanting to maintain our leadership status, we are going digital.

With this decision of “not being left behind” we face the challenge of the change: Existing equipment must be retired and new computer-operated projectors installed. Theaters unable to make this transition will face closure.

The exciting news is that digital technology produces a stunning image. Gone will be annoying scratches, shaky movement of the film in the projection gate and the sound that is often compromised by the constant handling of the film.

Unfortunately, the cost to convert any projection booth is $100,000. The Blue Mouse does not have the ability to finance this major capital expenditure out of its annual earnings. Our best option is to ask you, our loyal Blue Mouse patrons and the commuity to help us keep our doors open by making a contribution toward this historical transition. This change will ensure the same quality of programming and allow us to continue offering the latest movies.

The Blue Mouse Theater began with a dream of bringing the finest contemporary films to “the Neighborhood.” With the help of numerous people and the support of you, loyal friends, the Blue Mouse will continue to be a “safe place” to enjoy movies in a nice neighborhood. Transitioning to digital projection will allow us to be ready eleven years from now when we celebrate our 100th birthday.

Our sincerest thanks to you for your constant support these many, many years—and thank you, too, for considering a personal contribution.

Any gift you give will always fill you with a proud sense of ownership of the Blue Mouse—and that’s a mighty good feeling.

Kindest regards,

Blue Mouse Proprietors

PS: Tacoma Neighborhoods Together has partnered with us to Help preserve this historic Icon of the Proctor District and your contribution will be tax deductible

Tacoma Neighborhoods Together is the non-profit, 501(c)3 organization of the Cross District Association. It was formed to support the enhancement and beautification of Tacoma's core neighborhood centers, its neighborhood business districts. It emphasizes that the people who live and work in the neighborhoods are the ones who can best identify ways that can help to make Tacoma a more livable community. From these collective voices the direction for Tacoma Neighborhoods Together is set.

Theatre Interior
Theatre Interior

Limited Edition Print By Sarah Clementson REWARD

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

What is the plan when the goal is met? 

Kickstarter requires that we meet or exceed our goal for any money to change hands, But we knew we needed to use kickstarter to reach a larger audience. When we meet our goal we have a technical team standing by to go forward with the upgrade to digital. We have already met and discussed in great detail what is required for this conversion.
Additional challenges faced is the lead time is about 8 weeks from signing the contracts for installation and receiving the equipment from the factory. 

And in order for us to agree to signing the contract, we must first reach our goal and raise all neccesary funds for the project. 

Our shareholders continue to plan for any and all unforeseen obstacles that may occur. As our project moves forward we will continue to keep all parties updated with the progress since we understand you have a financial stake in seeing this project succeed.

If we meet or exceed our goal the Blue Mouse will upgrade our acoustic's
and any other repairs needed.

comments [11]  |  posted under Tacoma


by jenyum on 12/10/2012 @ 8:12pm
Planning to pledge after the holidays, I'm probably not the only one.

by Erik on 12/10/2012 @ 9:08pm

Now up to $42,155/$75,000 = 56.2 percent of their goal.

by cisserosmiley on 12/11/2012 @ 10:53am
I like the blue mouse because I never feel like I'm gonna get shot there. @ the AMC on the west side & the Lakewood theater I always feel like someone's going to commit gang violence. My wife and I started driving to gig harbor to feel safe. The blue mouse is better because there is no toll (yet) to get onto proctor steet, but a Blazing Onion would be a nice addition to proctor...maybe where knapps is now?

by Erik on 12/13/2012 @ 1:07am
@cissero: agreed.Update:$45,029/ $75,000 = 60 percent of the way to their goal. 

This is going to be close.


by Erik on 12/13/2012 @ 12:39pm

Update #3: A Friendly Update

Posted by Susan Evans (
Blue Mouse Manager)

Dear Friends,
As of today we are 61% funded for our digital conversion and we have 34
days remaining.
We would never be where we are without your acts of
kindness. I am in awe everyday 
watching the progress and receiving all
the notes of encouragement from folks all over 
the world. I really do
love you all and appreciate you all so much.

For all of our locals We have a FREE community event Saturday December
15th with 
Award winning children's musician Allan Hirsch AKA

He is an author, storyteller, historian, poet, riddler, folklorist,
puppeteer, musician, singer, teacher, dad, and now a grandpa! He entertains in
preschool and elementary school, as well as studetns of all ages. He knows more
songs, stories and riddles, than anybody else his size or shape. He has at least
one story or song for every occasion. He has more whistles than you can shake a
stick at. He may have the silliest puppet ever, his pal "Billy Bear the Silly
Bear". He has created many musical games and children love them! He has over 39
years experience as educator and entertainer, providing concerts, assemblies,
workshops, and residencies. Most importantly, he is willing to travel and bring;
laughter, joy and inspiration to children everywhere! He is a two time winner of
the Parent's Choice Award for Children's Audio Recordings

We will have 2 SHOWS  11:00 am and 2:00 pm  
We hope you come celebrate with us
If your looking for last minute christmas gifts, or you are attending a
holiday event

Available MONDAY December 17th
Vino Aquino Winery Located at 4417 6th Avenue suite #1  Tacoma, Washington

Will be selling BLUE MOUSE LABELED WINE for $14.95 a bottle and 20% of the
will be added to our kickstarter.  Our Wine will also be
available at Amore-Artisan 
Boutique  at 2605 North Proctor St.  For
$14.95 a bottle and we receive 20% from



Our Wine may be available at other locations I will keep
posted.  Again I want to thank you all, your support means more then
you know.

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday

I love you all


by fredo on 12/13/2012 @ 2:18pm

I think the fund drive would proceed faster if the owners of the theaters under discussion would provide a little more transparency. like P&L statements and balance sheets.

by cisserosmiley on 12/13/2012 @ 2:31pm
Have some wine Fredo.

by fredo on 12/13/2012 @ 5:01pm

  I'm up for that wine idea.

by Erik on 12/14/2012 @ 2:48pm
Here is the wine idea:

by Erik on 12/18/2012 @ 9:15am
Save the Blue Mouse Theater update $51,550 / $75,000 (with 29 days left: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1355844229/...

by tacoma_1 on 12/18/2012 @ 5:19pm
Why don't u hit up your car dealer buddies for the cash?