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Help revitalize South Bend!
Vote yes to preserving OUR historic buildings, to celebrating OUR diversity, and to making OUR city stronger and more entertaining by contributing to the Rebirth of The State!
Built in 1919 and hailed as the Pride of South Bend, the theater has enchanted generations of South Benders and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Looking to preserve and protect this historic treasure, we've come up with a plan to get it back on its feet and save it from meeting the fate of many of South Bend's historic structures.
Our mission: Rebuild The Pride of South Bend into a community hub that will preserve part of our historical core, provide exciting entertainment experiences, and help revitalize downtown. Programming will be diverse with brew & view movies, concerts, cultural events and more with signifcant focus on local. The end goal? Use the theater as a catalyst for helping define South Bend 2.0
Why are we running this campaign? Put simply, without your support, we are far less likely to succeed. With a solid mix of projection, sound, and seating, we can put on a tremendous variety of shows but right now we don't have them. Renting adds to the work required to put shows together and can cost thousands, impacting economic viability of events.
Show you believe by contributing matched dollars, as a gift or for fun rewards, to help us. Banko Capital doubles your contribution so if you give $10 we get $20. $100 we get $200! Unlike Kickstarter, as soon as we reach the goal for a given project, we'll launch it. So far we've kicked off 4 projects funded by backers!
From fixing the marquee to adding some seating options to putting in lights and sound to planning for the future, we have 8 projects we want to fund with this campaign. If we exceed our goal, we have more projects, such as upgrading the rigging, that will help us get closer to completing Phase I!
We are downtown's first B-Corp, a new kind of for-profit/non-profit hybrid with social, environmental and fiscal goals.
Business Sense + Heart = Sustainable Enterprise + Stronger Community
We're not just building a successful business, we're building a better community by contributing a percentage of our sales income to community partners including The Music Village, La Casa De Amistad, and Neighborhood Resources Coalition.
The State is committed to bringing new concepts and a little weirdness to downtown. It all started with Ignite Michiana on March 28th and continues with events like celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi, a Circus of Art and the inaugural First Fridays, After Dark.
We believe cities are strengthened by embracing their diverse populations. The State's strategy is based on this premise. We will know we've been successful when we look around and see great conversations and experiences being shared across ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations and genders.
Banko Capital purchased the property in December of 2011. In August of 2012, they contracted with Drew Elegante to fill the building with life again. Beginning with South Bend Brew Werks in November, The State rebirth is well underway
This IS the Pitch Your Plan idea. The contest itself was designed to identify good ideas and potential implementers. Drew's team did not win but he was identified as the person to make this project happen. Starting with a mosaic of the finalist plans, he has been working diligently to bring things online.
Some rewards, like a hug, can be redeemed anytime after confirmation of payment (assuming you can find Drew). Others won't be ready until this Summer. We're working with local artists to make sure that the rewards have that South Bend feel.
The one word answer is innovation. First, we want to provide multiple ways for people to support projects instead of the proliferation of reward bundles you see today. Second, for a project like ours that has strong local support, it doesn't make sense to pay the fees to use someone else's platform. The State's campaign is just the first test of this new platform and we envision other local groups, like the Purple Porch Co-Op, using it to get the funding they need
Many theater revival projects are formed as non-profits to help raise the money needed to make them go. Drew thinks it can be done using a B-Corp structure. Should he fail, he promises to go streaking on the quad like Will Ferrell in Anchor Man
You can never be sure but our plan has been vetted through two business plan competitions and various Notre Dame professors. We have an advisory panel of experts including serial entrepreneurs, marketers, finance experts, and entertainment moguls. Our plan is sound, our advisors are accomplished and we have both a deep passion and tireless drive to see this through
The State is a separate business that will lease the building from the owner. They will work together to turn the theater back into the Pride of South Bend
So many people! Our core team is Andy Evans, Alec Sanderson, Ben Roseland and Drew Elegante but there are dozens of people who have helped to shape this vision. The amount of support has, in many ways, been overwhelming and we are immensely grateful for the opportunity with this theater and the friends we've made through it
You can think of The State as more of an art-house theater featuring classic, cult, foreign and indie films as well as the occasional new release thrown in for good measure. The goal is for the experience to be fun and dressing up is encouraged
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