The County Theater recently acquired the property adjacent to the theater (formerly “Poor Richards”). This property presents the only way that the County can grow. Our expansion will allow us to provide additional programming, arts education, and community interaction. We will become more accessible with first floor bathrooms and additional box office stations.
Join us in making this expansion a reality.
FULFILLING OUR MISSION
For 23 years, the nonprofit County Theater has had a mission of Exhibition, Education, Community, and Preservation. A new addition will enable us to reach higher goals and to engage more patrons in all aspects of this mission.
EXHIBITION: More Great Movies and Events
We will add a new screen, which will allow us to increase our programming. This means: more main attractions, including foreign and independent films; more restorations of world and Hollywood classics; more special events (like our annual Python Fest); and more collaborations with community partners like the Michener Museum, the Doylestown Bookshop, and other cultural groups.
EDUCATION: Cinema Literacy
We believe that film is more than just entertainment. The communal experience at the theater brings us closer together and allows us to visit foreign worlds and explore new experiences. The theater's new space will enable us to add more discussions, lectures, Q&As, and classes – nurturing visual literacy and the art of cinema.
COMMUNITY: Gathering Space and Resource
Our expansion will offer greater flexibility to use the County for other purposes. Flex-spaces will be available for private functions such as birthday parties, meetings, fundraisers. A partial stage in a new large auditorium will also create the opportunity for arts programming beyond films. Events such as lectures, live podcast tapings, and live music are just some of the added possibilities.
PRESERVATION: Part of Historic Doylestown
Our expansion will help ensure the future stability of the County – preserving this cultural center for years to come. The County's intimate, classic feel makes attending a movie or an event a special experience. We recognize that it is crucial that an addition complement the look and ambiance of our quaint, charming town. Community feedback and involvement will be key to all of our ongoing design decisions.
WHAT WE'VE DONE
MAY - DECEMBER 2015Board due diligence on purchase of adjacent property.
JANUARY 2016Purchased 28 E State St (“Poor Richards”).
FEBRUARY - APRIL 2016Planned for major fundraising and architecture project.
MAY - JULY 2016Hosted seven Community and Members Meetings to gather important input, ideas, and feedback. Over 900 patrons responded to our online survey, as well. Interviewed nine fundraising firms. Prepared major RFP and interviewed six architectural firms.
AUGUST 2016Hired Xan Blake of Princeton, NJ as our fundraising consultant. Hired John Cluver of Voith and Mactavish,Philadelphia, as our architect.
AUGUST - DECEMBER 2016Performed a formal Feasibility Study to determine scope and viability of anticipated expansion. Develop architectural design and share ongoing steps of design with theater members and community. Continue to encourage community feedback and involvement in this exciting project.
2017-2018Raise funds necessary for project.
2018 -2019Construct new County Theater Addition.
Mid to Late 2019Open new County Theater Addition.
WHO WE ARE
The County Theater is Doylestown's NONPROFIT movie theater. We have over 5,000 members and over 70,000 people visit us every year. Built in 1938 and saved in 1993 as a nonprofit, the County Theater is a cornerstone of our community.