Digital Film Switch Daunts Historic Movie Theaters

The next great threat to our surviving historic theaters will be the mandated switch to digital projection. Not since the great transition to talkies has there been such an expensive and non-negotiable shift in presentation standards.

However – THEATERS NEED TO PRESERVE THEIR ABILITY TO PRESENT 35mm FILM AS WELL.  How will our classic, vintage, restored films be presented without our current projectors?

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  1. Great to see Karen quoted here on behalf of THS! And, yes, keeping 35mm projectors is important. And, as an earlier article indicated, we also need to be concerned that studios will continue to make 35mm prints available. Yesterday I enjoyed a 35mm print of “Aunt Mamie” at the Sunday matinee classic series at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. I regularly see classics on the big screen in the ways they were supposed to be seen & want to continue! Even a Blu Ray is only equivalent to 16mm and that’s not the same on a movie screen.

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