Help Save The Historic Weirs Drive-In Theatre! Hollywood is forcing us to upgrade to new digital projection or "Go Dark".
This may be the last year for the Weirs Drive-In Theater because we are being forced to go digital next season. Film will no longer be an option. The Drive in was built in 1949 and was one of the first in the country. Now it is one of the last! It has 4 movie screens playing 8 first run movies a night. It is also the largest Drive-in in New Hampshire. It will cost about a quarter of a million to convert our 4 screens to digital and since we are a Drive-in, we have a limited time to make money. We are open mid April and closed Labor Day. We have a large family following as well as the many tourist in our area, but the decision to convert or close is strictly an economic decision and it would be a shame for a theater that gave so much enjoyment for 64 years playing movies under the stars to have the fate of dark night's for ever. Save this treasure!
MOVIE STUDIOS ARE FORCING HOLLYWOOD TO ABANDON 35MM FILM. BUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF GOING DIGITAL ARE VAST, AND TROUBLING
Today, the driving force isn’t so much a single movie as it is the studios’ bottom line — they no longer want to pay to physically print and ship movies. It costs about $1,500 to print one copy of a movie on 35 mm film and ship it to theaters in its heavy metal canister. Multiply that by 4,000 copies — one for each movie on each screen in each multiplex around the country — and the numbers start to get ugly. By comparison, putting out a digital copy costs a mere $150.
Last November, 20th Century Fox sent its exhibitors a letter to that effect: “The date is fast approaching when 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight will adopt the digital format as the only format in which it will theatrically distribute its films. … We strongly advise those exhibitors that have not yet done so to take immediate steps to convert their theaters to digital projection systems.
John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners, drove the point home at the association’s annual convention last year in Las Vegas. “Simply put,” he said, “If you don’t make the decision to get on the digital train soon, you will be making the decision to get out of the business.”
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We have a large family following as well as the many tourist in our area, but the decision to convert or close is strictly an economic decision and it would be a shame.
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