Supporters make final push to save Rio Theater

April 26, 2013 10:07:30 PM PDT
In Monte Rio, they're getting ready for a big fundraiser this Sunday, all to save a real-life last picture show. The Rio Theater, a landmark in the Sonoma County town, is facing closure if it cannot raise the money to buy a digital projector.

The Rio Theater is from another time, and that's part of the problem. The major studios have announced that they are going to stop releasing new movies on film, a move that is forcing small theaters around the country to purchase digital projectors. The Rio needs $60,000 if they want to keep up with the new technology.

But the theater and its supporters are not going down without a fight. They have a Kickstarter campaign that already has over $40,000 pledged to it and this Sunday will be a day of music dedicated to saving the Rio.

Ramble at the Rio: A day of music featuring West County talent. Lawn social begins at 1 p.m., concert 3 p.m. Admission: $5-$15 donation.