Our Progress:
$228,138 raised as of Nov 16. That's 46%.

Help Us Raise $500,000 by December 31st to receive an extraordinary matching gift and to reach our goal!

A video message about the campaign.


The County Theater is expanding.

Exciting news.

The nonprofit County Theater purchased the neighboring “Poor Richards” property in 2016 and our historic theater will soon be expanding with a new addition.

The new space will include a new auditorium, a new lobby with expanded concession stand, and a complete set of first-floor bathrooms.

The existing historic theater will stay the same, but will receive new seats and other upgrades.

The journey so far.

The County Theater opened in 1938 and then re-opened as a nonprofit in 1993. Our nonprofit organization purchased the theater in 1996 and then purchased the adjacent property in 2016.

For more than two years, the County Theater’s board and staff have planned the theater's expansion.

We held 9 public meetings with our members and friends. We talked to borough staff and neighbors. We received over 900 responses to our public survey.

We listened carefully to your input and suggestions.

The board hired a renowned architectural firm, which has prepared plans and cost estimates. Those plans are the direct result of all of your feedback.

Now your support is needed to make this expansion project a reality.

What the expansion means for you.

A large third auditorium means expanded programming.

Adding 180 stadium seats in a beautiful new auditorium will allow for more main attractions, more foreign and classic films, and more special events like theater and opera on screen from around the world. There will also be a small stage for discussions and presentations.

A new, larger lobby.

The new lobby will provide more space to mingle and talk about movies. Plus, we’ll have a new concession stand.

New first-floor restrooms.

A complete new suite of accessible first-floor bathrooms was the number one request in response to our survey.

Upgrades to our historic theater.

The existing historic theater will be renovated with larger, more comfortable seats and other improvements.

A new, indoor box office.

A new box office will get you out of bad weather and serve you with multiple ticket sellers (although we'll still use the old box office). You will continue to enter the County through the original theater doors.

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A design in harmony with Doylestown.

The design process.

It is critical that the County Theater’s new addition blend in with Doylestown’s traditional architecture. It also needs to harmonize with our distinctive, art deco theater.

The design of the County’s new addition was a long and exhaustive process.  It was done after extensive consultation and feedback. We started by talking with members at many public meetings.  Our board and staff talked individually with neighbors, friends, borough staff and local committees. We listened to everyone.

We then worked extensively with our architects, who incorporated all of your suggestions.  Many options were explored and 4 design principles were developed:
1) the historic County Theater must remain unchanged;
2) the addition must be secondary to the historic theater;
3) the addition must be in harmony with the historic theater; and
4) the addition must be in harmony with Doylestown.

An elegant balance.

The new addition achieves those 4 design principles. The historic County Theater remains unchanged and the new interior layout flows from the existing theater’s lobby. The addition’s upper facade echoes the panels and grid of the County, while playing a supporting role to our classic, art deco theater. The lower facade of the addition is typical of Doylestown’s storefronts and is bracketed by traditional brick.

The expansion design is simple, elegant, and at home in Doylestown. Thank you to the many members and friends of the theater who helped us reach this satisfying result.

The nonprofit County Theater makes our community a better place to live.

It’s all about community.

It’s wonderful to come together at the historic County Theater to watch a movie on the big screen. The theater comes alive with shared laughter, suspense, and romance.

Then, after the movie, you can linger with friends and strike up a conversation with neighbors. That’s what our community is all about.

Revitalizing Doylestown.

Local film-lovers saved the County in 1993 as a community-owned nonprofit.

We soon realized that the new theater had a major impact on downtown Doylestown. The borough was revitalized with new restaurants opening, stores keeping evening hours, and a bustling new nightlife.

The County welcomes over 75,000 patrons each year. Doylestown has become “town” for the entire area – to meet, walk, and dine – as part of a movie-going experience.

"I can almost always count on the County to have movies I am interested in seeing. These movies matter to me. Doylestown is a lucky town." – Nancy B.

"A real treasure, there are so few places like this left anywhere. The movie choice is eclectic and the nonprofit vibe is warm." – Ed P.

Help us raise $500,000 to receive an extraordinary matching gift.

A generous donor, who loves the County Theater and Doylestown, will give the campaign $250,000 once we reach our Fall 2018 goal of $500,000.

Together, our job now is to raise an additional $500,000 by December 31, 2018. When we reach that goal, we will receive the matching gift. And when we reach our goal, we will commit to constructing the expansion project.

Together, we will make this project happen!

Every gift matters.

You may pledge your gift over 3 to 5 years.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime project. You may make a one-time gift or spread a larger donation over 3 to 5 years for maximum impact.

Make a leadership gift.

Gifts of all sizes are needed and appreciated, but we need additional leadership gifts to reach our goal. If you wish to make a leadership gift, please contact us for more information. We would be glad to meet with you to discuss your options. (All gifts are tax-deductible.)

Sidewalk of Stars.

Join us in putting your larger, personal star in the sidewalk.

Named gifts

$100,000+ Contact us for details
$50,000 Prominent exterior plaque inclusion
$25,000 Sidewalk star (larger than current stars)
$10,000 Prominent lobby plaque inclusion
$5,000 Lobby plaque inclusion
All contributors will be recognized.

Make your gift today!

This expansion project is the theater’s largest undertaking since it opened in 1938. The County Theater will need everyone's support for this project to succeed. Together we will secure our future!

Donate OnlineBy credit card Donate by MailPrint our gift form to donate by check or card

Pledges.

All gifts may be pledged over 3-5 years.

Other ways to make a gift:

· By stock transfer (avoiding capital gains tax). (Contact us).
· By electronic funds transfer, planned giving, or other means. (Contact us).

Contact us.

Jim Sanders, Director of Development
Call: 215-348-1878 ext. 117
Email: jsanders@countytheater.org

Danielle Flowers, Development Assistant
Call: 215-348-1878 ext. 112
Email: campaign@countytheater.org

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The timeline and the budget.

2017Planning
2017 - 2018Fundraising
2019 - 2020Construction
Late 2020Opening

Costs
$2,681,000Construction
335,000Finishes
438,000Professionals
276,000Carrying Costs
420,000Contingency
100,000Fundraising

$4,250,000Total

Funding
$2,250,000Campaign
2,000,000Financing

$4,250,000Total

From our Campaign Co-Chairs.

Dear members and friends,

For over two years, our team has been working on the County’s expansion, meeting with members and neighbors to discover what the theater means to you.

We have dedicated ourselves to this effort, because, like you, we love the County Theater.

Many people have already supported the Campaign, including 100% of our Board of Directors. We now turn to you, our Members and Friends.

Please join us in making the County’s expansion a reality. Make your tax-deductible gift today.

On behalf of the Campaign Committee, thank you for your support.

Mark Dibner
Pam Byers
Dick Patterson

Your neighbors.

County Theater
Board of Directors

Kim Rainey, President
Stephanie Benjamin, Vice President
Jack McMillin, Secretary
Tom Steel, Treasurer
Pam Byers
Leslie Carson
Beth Clark
Mark Dibner
Ellen Happ
Andrew Kind-Rubin
Molly Lowell
Dick Patterson
Scott Petersen
Amy Elizabeth Schmidt
Binny Silverman
Ron Strouse
John Toner
Lou White

Campaign Co-Chairs
Pam Byers
Mark Dibner
Dick Patterson

Campaign Committee
Leslie Carson
Beth Clark
Linda Felt
Ellen Happ
Andrew Kind-Rubin
Leigh Lockwood
Molly Lowell
Kim Rainey
Amy Elizabeth Schmidt
Binny Silverman
Tom Steel
Ron Strouse
Lou White

Campaign Staff
John Toner, Executive Director
Chris Collier, Co-Director
Jim Sanders, Director of Development
Danielle Flowers, Development Assistant

The nonprofit County Theater

County Theater, Inc., is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization. The official registration and financial information of County Theater, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. EIN 23-2230422. The County Theater has received a Gold Star rating from Guidestar.