Digital Projection -- the wave of the future! Help the Colonial Theatre launch its new digital projection system.
The Friends of The Colonial have made significant and successful efforts in the last decade to bring to formerly unavailable cultural programming to Northern New Hampshire while concurrently making The Colonial more accessible and sustainable. The Colonial’s very survival has been challenged by the necessity of transitioning to digital cinema in the coming year. All major studios have announced an end to the availability of 35 mm prints in 2013-14 – the industry standard for the last 100 years — and independent studios are sure to follow.
The Friends of The Colonial plan to purchase and install new digital projection and audio equipment necessary to show first run studio film releases. Digital cinema offers increased possibilities for programming including live-streaming and pre-recorded theatre, concert and sports events from around the world, as well as events of national significance. At the other end of the spectrum, especially for a community based cultural center like The Colonial, digital cinema creates opportunities for schools and local filmmakers to interface with the larger viewing community. Creating the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and fostering community engagement.
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With the dawning of the digital cinema age, film will be all but extinct. The challenge that faces all small theaters is the crippling cost of digital conversion. With a price tag of $50,000+ per screen many small theaters will be forced to shut their doors. The Colonial is the longest, continually running theater in the nation and we plan to keep on running. Our goal is to convert to digital with numerous grants, and community support with services like Kickstarter. Failure to accomplish this goal would mean no longer showing films at the Colonial.
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