The time has come: The Grand Cinema is ready to get our aging in-theater audio systems upgraded. And we need your help!

The Grand Cinema Audio Upgrade Project

The Grand Cinema, The South Sound's nonprofit home for independent, foreign, and local cinema, is upgrading its sound system. Help The Grand Cinema amp up its audio systems and raise the boom in our rooms!

We are running this campaign through because, with their help, we can partner with ArtsFund and receive a .50 cent match for every dollar we raise online. 

There are also a lot of fun perks for supporting our project: at different donor levels you can enjoy private screenings, parties, and cool opportunities to sign the new speakers!

Why does The Grand need new gear?

Some of our surround speakers have not been upgraded since they were installed in the late 1990s. Many of them were not intended to be cinema speakers at all.

Initially, The Grand's founders put in surround speakers that were inexpensive but frankly not up to cinema industry standards. We need subwoofers in three theaters and amplifiers to support them. We are also putting rear surround speakers in all of our theaters to enhance their sonic fields.

With these much-needed upgrades, we can truly honor every filmmakers' vision by presenting their work as it was intended: with rich, nuanced, immersive sound quality!

What will The Grand pay for?

The Grand Cinema will purchase audio gear for the fourth theater, pay for the labor to install and adjust the gear in all of the theaters, and cover the taxes and Power2Give administrative fee*.

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What will be different after the equipment is installed?

After the audio upgrade is complete, we expect a huge difference in the clarity and quality of our audio reproduction.

Our lows will be lower, dialogue more crisp, and sounds will truly surround you!

This essential upgrade will benefit The Grand's amazing donors, members, and patrons for years to come.

You can help The Grand sound (more) amazing by donating today!

We screen first run art house and independent movies to the delight of our 6800+ members and hundreds of thousands of patrons from Pierce County and beyond. We also present the annual Tacoma Film Festival, host film discussions and forums, and connect aspiring filmmakers and critics to the art of film through our film camps and clubs.

All of these events and opportunities need high quality sound for the best theater experience possible.

Please help us make our cinema the best it can be by upgrading three of our four theaters with new, state-of-the-art audio equipment.


Theater 1

8 JBL Surround Speakers - $560.00

3 Klipsch Cinema Main Speakers - $2,225.04

1 Klipsch Cinema Subwoofer - $649.00

2 Crown Cinema Amplifiers - $1,265.42

Theater 2

2 JBL Surround Speakers - $140.00

2 Crown Cinema Amplifiers - $891.04

Theater 3

8 JBL Surround Speakers - $560.00

1 Klipsch Cinema Subwoofer - $649.00

1 Cinema Amplifier - $445.52

Partial hotel cost for installation crew - $114.98

Total: $7,500.00

*7% power2give administrative fee - $525

Raising $7,500 by May 31 with your help

Help us reach our goal by May 31st and enjoy incredible, enhanced, and improved sound in our wonderful theaters. Thank you for your support!

Give to our Audio Upgrade project on today. Thanks! 

And check out our great video explaining our project:

Audio Upgrade Final 3 from Wade Neal on Vimeo.