Phase 2 Update -October 2019

As we move along with our Phase 2 Capital Campaign, we are excited to share that we are in the construction document phase! Those documents will be finalized this fall and we plan to start the bidding process in December, followed by a hopeful ground breaking in early 2020! 

Since are getting so close to Phase 2 becoming a reality, we figured it was time to make sure all of our amazing donors get the recognition they desire and so deeply deserve! If you are one of those donors who has given $250 or more, you recently received a letter inviting you to take part in our 2019 giving opportunity, called the Round-Up Campaign. This is a time for our donors to “round up” their donation to the next incentive. So whether you decide to round up from having your name on a seat to having your name prominently displayed on one of our donor walls, you will have the chance to be recognized the way you desire. Below are the giving incentives.

Of course these incentives are available for everyone! If you haven’t donated before or you have given less than $250, you can still get your name on a seat in one or our future screening rooms, or on one of our donor walls. You can easily donate through our Facebook or here on our website! Better yet, just click HERE!

We have great plans for our ‘Donor Walls’ and can’t wait to see your names on those walls and our future theater seats.

3D Render – Possible look for Donor Walls

As we look towards the finish line, we are working hard to meet our grant funding and gifts in kind goals. We continue to see donations come in to help close the last gap of our fundraising.  We know there are people out there who are still learning about our vision and our plans who will help us hit our goal of raising $100,000 in gifts/donations in 2019. 

So while we have had a great start towards our 2019 goal, we hope you consider us in your year end giving and help us finish strong! 

A note for donors: We plan to reach out to donors in the spring to finalize incentives, so don’t worry….if you decide to stay at the level you are at, or round up, we got you! We’ll make sure your name is displayed EXACTLY how you want!

Phase 2: Another Goal Met!

When we launched this capital campaign, we set a goal to raise $500,000 from the community and we are thrilled to share with you first, WE DID IT!  We met that goal and we are so grateful, honored, and encouraged by all the support we’ve seen.

This past year has been a wonderful adventure for us.  While we never opened Art House with our eyes on the Historic Babcock Theatre, we felt even though our hands were full with the Phase 2 Campaign and managing Art House, we were the right fit for that theatre and it would enhance our work in Billings.  After being awarded management of The Babcock in 2018, we began working diligently to clean, renovate, and bring life back to the beautiful space. In November 2018, we reopened The Babcock as a cinema, showing the best first run, big budget films. We knew it would be a lot of work, but we knew it would be worth it.
We also knew that our work with The Babcock may slow down our timeline for Phase 2. We continued working towards our Phase 2 goals, but our Board of Directors want to make sure to have a healthy period of time with The Babcock under our belt before we started making the big calls on Phase 2.  As the Babcock continues to go well for us and we feel more confident in its operations, and we now feel ready to move forward with many things!

So let us share where we are at with Phase 2.  

  1. In May, we completed our design and development renderings. Our architects at 2North have done an amazing job of getting our vision down on paper.  We’re working on the 3D renderings of the space to give you the best picture of what’s ahead and we will share those with you as soon as we have them in our hands.  
  2. We are now ready to start drawing up construction documents. This will take time, but it allows us to start drilling down on the budget.  We have done our due diligence to realistically approach this project, but we know there are many ways to save money in our build out. Whether that’s through volunteer labor, cost cutting design decisions, or other creative choices we make, we believe we can offer the full first-class Art House experience and find ways to save money.
  3. This November and December, we will work towards getting bids for construction.  With our plans nailed down, we will begin approaching different companies and professionals asking them for help in making Phase 2 a reality.
  4. Our current plan is to begin construction in 2020!

In the meantime, we are still raising funds, in order to keep our financing costs as low as possible for our buildout.  We will do this through regular donations and theater tips, fun events (stay tuned), and special giving days, such as Giving Tuesday.  
In addition, we are going after a handful of grants, both large and small to help us purchase the building and complete construction.

We have seen such an incredible response from our city and you are a vital part of that story.  It is our hope that as Art House brings life to Billings for decades to come. And if you have donated,  the day is coming when every time you step through our doors you can find your name on our donor walls, on a theater seat, or tell the story to your friends and family, “This happened because of me.”

So Art House friends, THANK YOU for joining us on this amazing journey and THANK YOU for your continuous love and support.
We can’t wait to share Phase 2 with you!

Matt, Nicole, and the Art House Team

2018: a great year for Art House

Can you believe we have seen the end of 2018 already? We have been in the middle of this capital campaign, called Phase 2, for over 2 years and each year we see more support, more donations, and more love for our vision. We can’t wait to share Phase 2 with you – and we are getting closer everyday. So, let’s talk about 2018!

We started out the year doing some pretty fun things, including hosting The Ballad of Lefty Brown at the Babcock and enjoying the company of Bill Pullman and his lovely wife, Tamara. We held some events like the Oscars VIP event and 3 Course Conversation. Then we took over management of the Babcock and reopened it as a first fun, big budget film theater!
As far as Phase 2 goes, we continued to raise funds and were awarded a few grants, including a $12,000 grant from The Charles M. Bair Family Trust and $20,000 from the James R. and Christine M. Scott Family Foundation. And more recently, we were awarded $20,000 from the First Interstate Bank Foundation! Read the Gazette’s story here:

Earlier in the year, we were offered a $200,000 pledge from Singh Contracting. We were challenged by Singh to RAISE the $200,000 before the pledge would be fulfilled. Not only did they give us the whole year of 2018 to raise it, but in November, the challenge was extended until the end of February 2019.
By the end of 2018, we raised a total of $175,000! We are overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement. With only $25,000 to go and 2 EXTRA months to raise it, we are confident that we will meet our goals and hit that $200,000!

Since launching our Phase 2 Capital Campaign, we have raised $910,000 and we couldn’t have done it without you, our amazing supporters and donors.
We are looking forward to 2019 and to bringing Phase 2 to you. We have grants to write, events to plan, and some Phase 2 planning to do


Phase 2 Update

Here we are, almost to October, and we at Art House are excited to share what we have been up to regarding Phase 2!

In June, we announced that Singh Contracting has pledged to MATCH all 2018 donations up to $200,000, and we have seen some amazing support!
So far this year, we have raised $65,000! We have raised 1/3 of our goal!!

While that is AWESOME, we have a ways to go!
So, if you haven’t joined the #SinghChallenge, we hope you do! It’s easy, and we even offer monthly recurring donations, so you don’t even have to think about it! Head to and click DONATE!

On top of our #SinghChallenge, we have an amazing event coming up that you NEED to be part of!
It’s called 3 Course Conversation and we are honored to have three talented chefs each offering a delicious course, paired with wine from George’s Distributing and short film!
Tickets are $65 each and we are only offering 60!!! And they are flying out the door, so make sure to get yours today!


Over the course of the next month, we will converting all of our donor info and our giving portal to a new system!
We are very excited for the improved experience we as a staff, as well as you, the customer/donor will receive!
But that means that if you are a MONTHLY DONOR, we will need to get you set up with our new system and cancel your current recurring donation.  You will receive information via email about this, so be on the look out!

WHEW!! That was a lot, but we have SO much going on! This was just the Phase 2 stuff….as you know we have a lot coming up with holiday entertainment and the Babcock! Keep watching our Facebook and website for events and new info!


Have you joined the #SinghChallenge?

One month into the Singh Challenge and we are “Singhing” praises to all our amazing supporters!!

In June, we announced that Singh Contracting has pledged $200,000 towards our Phase 2 project! We are overwhelmed with gratitude!
Here’s the deal though….we need to raise $200,000 in 2018 before we receive this generous donation.
We already had $30,000 in the books, which is a great start, but only a start…

So we asked you, Billings, to help!
And we are thrilled to say that after one month, we have raised over $10,000! (or $20,000…wink, wink)

We are so very thankful! We have a road ahead of us, but we are getting there all because of you!

Please consider giving at this exciting time and help make Phase 2 happen faster!
Head to our website: and hit DONATE.



Help us bring your more great film, art, and culture by joining the #SinghChallenge

Thank you for joining the Art House Story, we are honored to have you!


The Singh Challenge!

Be now you may have heard our exciting news….but if you haven’t (and because we can’t stop saying it)….




We are overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement!

Here is a link to the Billings Gazette article if you missed it:

BUT there’s one thing:

Singh Contracting would like to see us RAISE $200,000 before we receive the pledge.
We can do that, right? With your help, YES we can!

We are calling it the Singh Challenge and here’s the deal:

Every dollar we raise for Phase 2 in 2018 will be matched!

And you might be thinking….but it’s almost July….so does that mean what I think it means??


We have a $40,000 head start! That’s right, we have raised over $40,000 so far this year!

While that is great headway, we still have more to go. So we are asking YOU to help!

Will you join the Singh Challenge and give?

You can make a one time gift or sign up for recurring gifts
(monthly gifts make a HUGE difference, but are easier on the budget)

Simply click HERE and fill our our simple and safe form.

*If you want to learn more about Phase 2 and why it’s such a big deal for our amazing city, especially downtown, click HERE and we’ll show you.

A huge THANK YOU to Singh Contracting for your generosity and support of the Art House vision.

Thank you to the Billings Gazette for sharing our story!

What’s been going on around Art House?

Good Question!

We have had a great first few months around here! We started off our year with a fabulous event at the Babcock with Mr. Bill Pullman and Mr. Jared Moshe. We partied like film stars at our VIP Oscars Event in early March and most recently celebrated our 3rd Birthday!!

We are having a blast!

Our Phase 2 capital campaign is still in full swing.
We are working our way through grant proposals and busy planning out what the rest of 2018 will look like.

To date we have raised $140,000 in donation gifts, $200,000 in pledges, and $350,000 through TIF funding.  That is a total of $690,000!

We are so excited and so grateful to all of our supporters.  We hope to see even more donors and monthly donors, business supporters, and grant funds come in throughout this year in order to break ground on construction early next year!

So, be on the look out for some fabulous pint aide events at local breweries, unique events at Art House, and some other surprise events!
2018 is shaping up to be a great year!

*For more information on how you can go to the movies for free and get on the guest list for our VIP events, head HERE!

*To give to PHASE 2, just click HERE!
Remember, your donations are tax deductible and we have some awesome incentives for you – our way of saying         thank you for your donation to your local-independent-nonprofit-film theater!

Thank you Billings for watching films, becoming members, giving gifts, and partying with us!

Review: ‘Call Me by Your Name’

The perfect summer getaway from the very long Montana winter

Timothée Chalamet as Elio. Photo: IMDb.

After hearing the buzz about the coming-of-age film Call Me by Your Name, I decided to check the book that inspired the making of the movie while I waited for the motion picture to be out. I started to read the novel by American writer André Aciman in the hopes it would help me understand the reason the movie was already gathering so many fans. Beautifully written and extremely sensual, the story is told from Elio’s perspective as he recalls the events of the summer of 1983 in Northern Italy. The arrival of Oliver, an American student who assisting Elio’s father with academic paperwork for the Summer, brings into Elio’s life the bittersweet torment of a first love. In the book, the narrator’s over-thinking leaves almost no room for dialogue.

“Today, the pain, the stoking, the thrill of someone new, the promise of so much bliss hovering a fingertip away, the fumbling around people I might misread and don’t want to lose and must second-guess at every turn, the desperate cunning I bring to everyone I want and crave to be wanted by, the screens I put up as though between me and the world there were not just one but layers of rice-paper sliding doors, the urge to scramble and unscramble what was never really coded in the first place-all these started the summer Oliver came into our house.”

When I finished the novel, I came to two conclusions: I would never see a peach in the same way again, and the filmmakers sure had a tough job taking a story with so much inner dialogue and turning it into a motion picture. After watching the film, I was glad to see that the bodies; the long, fixed stares; the seasons; the literature; and the music were able to portray so well that general feeling of being obsessed with someone else. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name approaches the mystery of love with the right amount of sensibility and visual poetry.

The way Oliver (Armie Hammer) and Elio (Timothée Chalamet) approach their complicated mutual attraction is like Summer: Slow, for the most part warm, with lingering days filled with anticipation, and that certainty the heat will soon depart. Timothée, see also the nihilistic teenager in Lady Bird, gives viewers the unpredictable teenager-in-love. Falling in love is an emotional upheaval at any age, but for Elio, things seem to be more difficult to manage. Is it better to speak or to die?

In the meantime, the viewer is immersed in the small, but pretty city of Crema, while ballads from the eighties and classical music sometimes seem to speak for the characters. The gradual construction of Elio’s and Oliver’s relationship evolves as they recognize themselves in each other. The perfect summer getaway from the very long Montana winter, Call Me by Your Name brings warmth, passion, and nature to the screen with a touch of sensibility that speaks with no words.

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Screenplay: Luca Guadagnino, James Ivory, Walter Fasano

Genre: Drama/Romance

Running Time: 2h 12m

In case you missed the news….

Here at Art House, we wanted to start 2018 with a BANG…and that’s just what we did.

If you were able to join us for our special event at The Historic Babcock Theater on January 23, 2018, you’re probably still telling your friends about it.

We had a FABULOUS time watching The Ballad of Lefty Brown, staring Bill Pullman!  Then we were honored to engage in a Q&A after the film with
Mr. Pullman, as well as the Director of the film, Jared Moshe.  The Ballad of Lefty Brown was filmed right here in Montana.

We are so grateful that 700 of you were able to join us for this event at the Babcock.

Copyright 2017 Kenneth Jarecke

Check out the what the Billings Gazette and KTVQ had to say about that special night:

Thank you, Billings, for continuing to show your support of Art House Cinema & Pub!

THANK YOU BILLINGS!! 2017 was amazing!

To all of you who were able to give to the Phase 2 project in 2017, you made a HUGE difference!

We had a great year.  We watched films, listened to music, drank beer and wine, snacked on Swedish Fish and popcorn….and raised a ton of money.
You guys, we are blown away!

Here are some Phase 2 statistics:
*We raised over $90,000 in donations alone over the course of 2017!
*$55,000 of those donations were made in November and December 2017 alone!
*241 people have given to Phase 2 since our launch (and that’s not including all you lovely people who have given
tips in the theater or ‘dipped’ in our DipJar!)
*32 of those people are giving monthly!
*Since launching the Phase 2 Capital Campaign, we have taken in nearly $125,000 in donations alone!


WOW!!! Billings, you are incredible!


BUT WAIT! That’s not all!
Since launching our campaign in the fall of 2016, we have also been rewarded $350,000 in TIF funds and received a very generous pledge of $200,000!
So…that means we have raised $675,000 for Phase 2 so far!

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for our many amazing supporters.  Whether you were able to give monetarily or by becoming a member of the theater, or by telling your friends about Art House, sharing our Facebook post, seeing a film here and there, devouring our delicious popcorn, sipping our wine, or chugging our beer…..WE ARE THANKFUL.

Billings, you make us feel all the feels.

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