Raising money for new projectors
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Funding the digital era

Local supporters gather behind the Rio Theater to raise money for the Save The Rio Theater fund during a community fundraiser that included a BBQ, raffle and concert for the purchase of new digital equipment for the theater. (Peter DaSilva / For the Los Angeles Times)
Locals supporters gather inside the Rio Theater for the concert to raise money for the Save The Rio Theater fund. (Peter DaSilva / for The Los Angeles Times)
Owner Don Schaffert in the projection room alongside the 35-mm film projector and platters, which are now obsolete. (Peter DaSilva / for The Los Angeles Times)
Locals supporters gather behind the Rio Theater for the raffle to raise money for the Save The Rio Theater fund. (Peter DaSilva / For the Los Angeles Times)
Robert Neir and Sage O’Connell dance to bluegrass music outside the Rio Theater as musicians practice before a fundraising concert. (Peter DaSilva / For the Los Angeles Times)
Among the hand-painted murals on the theater walls, a local musician waits his turn to take the theater stage during the last community fundraiser that included a BBQ, raffle and concert to raise money for the purchase of new digital projection equipment. (Peter DaSilva / For the Los Angeles Times)
The historic Silent Movie Theater successfully raised $158,541 for renovations and new equipment. “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. donated more than $60,000 toward a new digital projector.  (Patrick T. Fallon / For the Los Angeles Times)
Executive director Hadrian Belove at the Silent Movie Theatre, which raised $158,541 for renovations and new equipment. (Patrick T. Fallon / For the Los Angeles Times)
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