Capitol City Cinema Relies on Community Support

HER Community / Stories / October 25, 2014

CCCinemaSince its first movie last summer, Capitol City Cinema has come a long way and is bringing the latest independent films to the Jefferson City area.

In recent months, first-run films shown at the venue on High Street include Richard Linklatter’s Boyhood and Life Itself: Reminiscences of Roger Ebert, a documentary about the late film critic and author, Rich Hill, the critically acclaimed documentary by Jefferson City native Andrew doz Palerm, was also screened in the cinema room where guests sit on plush leather seats and can order food and beverages.

A few weeks ago the board received their official non-profit status, which Board President Jamie Wade, owner of Capitol City Cork and Provisions, believes will help in their fundraising efforts. The organization’s “wish list” includes a soda fountain, cash register/credit card machine and a projection booth. The biggest item though remains the digital conversion projector and sound system at a cost of $75,000 ($65,000 for the equipment and $10,000 for professional sound proofing).

Right now Cork staff sell tickets and essentially run the theater, and the box office area that’s set up remains empty because they lack the funds to pay a separate staff. The beautiful space, formerly the site, of Chez Monet, can also be rented out for special events.

“Most people don’t understand that we pay to run a film even before we sell any tickets,” Wade said. “If people want the cinema to grow and sustain itself the community can buy a ticket and see a movie to show their support for this theater.”

Plan a night out soon and check out one of the independent films playing at Capitol City Cinema. A schedule of films can be found at


Photos by Keith Borgmeyer

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