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Just something to think about as theaters make the digitial transition


Aug 20 2012, 3:56am

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Just something to think about as theaters make the digitial transition Can't Post

This article appeared in my local paper today:

"A new, harsh verite for cinemas"

It describes the impending plight of a small rural theater chain serving towns and villages in the Adirondack National Park. some of whose screens date back to the birth of film..as the article says, some of these theaters survived the Great Depression, but likely will not survive the switch to digital, for the various reasons cited. they will be the hidden, and perhaps little mourned, victims of such things as 48 fps...

Or do you think small theaters and chains like them can be saved? And do you agee or disagree that they "brought it upon themelves by refusing to invest in upgrading", as my local (in a big city) Arthouse theater, the Spectrum 8 mentioned in the article, owner suggests? Could they have afforded to? And shukd they be required to make the switch?

(This post was edited by Ataahua on Aug 20 2012, 4:03am)


Aug 20 2012, 4:23am

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Link [In reply to] Can't Post

There seems to be an incorrect slash in the link, Sunflower. Try http://www.timesunion.com/...-cinemas-3798321.php

I honestly don't know what the solution is and suspect there will be some going out of business. The "virtual print fee" proposal sounds promising, but I doubt it would be sufficient for those in the extreme situations such as are exampled. Given the very large cut to costs on the distributors' end entailed by digital, they could probably afford a targeted film projector buyback program and still come out way ahead. I'm not sure they'd consider it worth their while, though, or if even that would be enough for some owners.

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Aug 20 2012, 4:39am

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I hope not . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

I intend to see the Hobbit in both 3d and regular, and I want to see it in regular at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend. The Rose is an old theatre filled with character, and a tiny little one-row balcony. My first viewings of each of FOTR, TTT and ROTK were in that balcony.
Besides, there are no other theatres (except the old Uptown Theatre) within 40 miles. As it is, I'll have to go to Poulsbo or Olympia to see the 3d version . . . and i'm not sure how i'll like it. My previous experiences with 3d IMAX involved eyestrain and headaches afterwards.

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Aug 20 2012, 4:41am

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Thanks [In reply to] Can't Post

I noticed that when I origionally posted it...corrected it but i tried your link and it works, thanks. (ugh, I HATE long links:)

Yes....I agree...but I hope as many as possible can avoud sad fates like this. Isn't there some theater in NZ that has been dragging its feet on the switch? Or am I getting mixed up with the 48fps being installed in the Wellignton theater in time for Th...

Tol Eressea

Aug 20 2012, 10:15am

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Change is something business owners have to plan for [In reply to] Can't Post

I know I'm stating the obvious here, but in all business change is a factor and if business owners don't keep on top of change, they go out of business.

Not that I wish that anyone go out of business or don't care if someone goes out of business.

It's just the way of this world, especially with the rapid advancement of technology.

Of course, there are ways to avoid going out of business. One can change what they do for a living. Or hold fund-drives. Or merge with other businesses.

For those business owners who are truly creative and driven, they'll find a way to keep their doors open. On the whole, that's the kind of business owners we need, anyway.

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Aug 20 2012, 2:06pm

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I'm soo lucky in Denver.. [In reply to] Can't Post

Our World-Class Museum of Natural History
not only has a Huge Imax it has a Planetarium.
Elsewhere there must be at least 5 scattered
around the Front Range from Boulder to
C. Springs.
I haven't gone to the Museum in a longtime
since I would want to stay for a week..it's That Huge.
You can even watch Dinosaur bones being cleaned
... behind glass!


Aug 20 2012, 4:41pm

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the wonderful small theater in my small town (The Rose!) [In reply to] Can't Post

put out a call to the community for help with the $200,000 it would take to go digital. People responded and put in what they could (I gave $20). The major donors got plaques on the theater seats and their names listed on the screen before movie showings. They reached the goal very quickly, and since then have been thanking the community by offering free showings of classic movies.

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(This post was edited by Annael on Aug 20 2012, 4:42pm)


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