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


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!

Judy’s Story

You might already know Art House. You come for films or you plan to soon. You might have already heard about our Phase 2 project. But why is it all important?
There are dozens of reasons why we think you should join the Art House/Phase 2 story. But we figure, why should we do all the talking?
This is the fabulous Judy. She is a film lover, an Art House volunteer and a monthly Phase 2 donor. We love her enthusiasm and her passion for great things for Billings! Thanks Judy!