Austin Film Society Wants to Build the 'Best Little Art House in Texas'

Marchesa Hall & Theatre campaign needs $120,000 to take off

One of the shots from the fundraiser slideshow
One of the shots from the fundraiser slideshow (Courtesy of Austin Film Society)

The Austin Film Society is on a mission.

Sure, the nonprofit has been working since 1985 to help Austinites "make, watch, and love film and creative media," but now they're working on something a little more concrete – literally.

Today, AFS launched a fundraising campaign for the Marchesa Hall & Theatre, that stucco venue on Middle Fiskville Road. In a new partnership, AFS at the Marchesa would become "Austin's new home for classic, independent and art house programming" – a venue totally dedicated to the cause, and the "best little art house in Texas."

But to get there, the 278-seat theatre needs a few upgrades: a 35mm changeover system for archival print screenings, a digital projector for new works, a new Dolby 5.1 surround sound system, and some general sprucing in the projection booth, the lobby, and the theatre itself.

The campaign is off to a great start, with $37,000 raised so far of its $120,000 goal and Richard Linklater, an early advocate of AFS, pledging to match gifts up to $45,000 to help the group reach its goal.

Head over to the fundraiser site to learn more about the campaign, read about the awards for donors, and view a slideshow of AFS at the Marchesa supporters (hint: You might find a few familiar faces). And if you want to get a peek at the Marchesa before her makeover, check out AFS’s Summer Free for All, a (free, obviously) film series running Fridays and Sundays from May 31 to June 23, featuring Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), Cleopatra, A Hero Never Dies, and Beau Travail.

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