The Paradise Theatre is facing a deadline at the end of 2013.
By the end of this year, studios will distribute movies only in digital format, eschewing 35-millimeter film, the delivery method for decades. But the technology that is improving movie quality comes at great expense, and many small theaters, including ours, do not have the resources. The conversion means expensive new equipment for theaters: digital projectors cost tens of thousands of dollars.
In order to continue to be able to offer current movies, the theatre will need to raise the money to buy the new equipment, and our plan is to take advantage of a grant called the Rural Theater Digital Conversion Grant, being offered to theaters that meet certain criteria. The Paradise Theater is undergoing a feasibility study in the fall of 2013 to determine if we qualify. If so, we will consider community fundraising to raise the “matching” funds that are necessary to secure the grant monies.
Stay tuned for developments, and read more about the grant process here.