“We’d project a movie on the wall, maybe something Italian, and tell people to bring Italian food and wine,” says Cabrera, who works as a bartender and waiter. Hunter Mitchell is the owner of Eastern Confederate, a hair salon just across the street from the theater.
The two always entertained the idea of doing something a little more formal with their movie nights, and pursued a few real estate opportunities in the neighborhood, all of which fell through.
But early last month they secured a lease for a former cell phone store, which they plan to convert into a makeshift cinema with enough seating for 40, plus a small bar where they hope to serve concessions, beer and cocktails (provided they get a liquor license).
Feature films will often be classics, like old Alfred Hitchcock movies or “The Goonies.” “We don’t want to compete with first- or second-run theaters,” Cabrera says. “We want to keep it old and eclectic, and maybe screen some locally made movies as well.”
Cabrera and Hunter Mitchell are launching a Kickstarter campaign in the next few weeks to help fund their efforts, and are hoping to open by early summer.
Update: You can donate to the Kicstarter here.