Depending on the level of support, backers may earn anything from their name in lights on a pre-movie slideshow for one year ($25), to a private film party for up to 100 friends ($1,500). And the sky's the limit for "angel" backers of $5,000 or more, including "naming opportunities and/or private parties."
ALL Arts LLC purchased the theater in 2007, formed by Levine, Ann David and Lin Preston when word got around that the establishment might be converted to office space.
Levine has also been involved with the Trillium Performing Arts, which at the time was in need of a new home. "The theater was an ideal combination for having an arts company in residence and having a movie business," said Levine.
It was a return to the roots of the Lewis Theatre, he said.
"It was originally opened as a Vaudeville movie house so there was a stage and a movie screen. We've expanded both of those. Now, the theater is open showing movies and having live performances, which connects with its origins as a Vaudeville movie house in 1939."
In order to raise the stakes as they come down to the Kickstarter deadline, there will be a benefit concert at 9 p.m., Nov. 1, just a handful of hours before the campaign concludes. Performers include the Possum Holler Glee Club and Lawless Brown.
For more information about the Kickstarter campaign and fundraiser, call 304-661-6128 and 304-667-7576. You can also follow the Lewis on Facebook at facebook.com/TheLewisTheatre.Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.