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"I'm going to fight for this place", Tucson local movie theatre looks to community to stay open

The Screening Rooming is raising money
The Screening Room raising money throughout pandemic
Posted at 7:05 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 10:05:12-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Many businesses in Downtown Tucson have been struggling financially throughout the pandemic, but one business still has to keep its doors closed.

Since 1989, The Screening Room has sat in the heart of Downtown playing movies and hosting film festivals.

"It means a lot," Operator and Manager the Screening Room David Pike said. "It supports independent film, independent thinkers."

David Pike, Manager of Downtown's The Screening Room.

For 12 years, Pike has been part of the Screening Room. As manager, his main goal is to keep the place open for many more years to come.

"This is going to last a while, and we needed help from the community to keep it going," Pike said.

He said he is raising 10,000 on a Gofundme, while also be hosting virtual shows like the Keep Tucson Sketchy Comedy Show on August 22.

He said this 94 seat theatre may have the lights off now, but this isn't the end.

"I’m going to fight to keep this place open," Pike said. "It’s important for the community. There is no other place like this."

He said he plans to try to reopen by the beginning of next year.