During a recent reporting trip, I stopped into the single-screen Ritz theater in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Locals say the only other thing to do in town is visit the famous hot springs there, which, while amazing, get old after a while. The theater is just one of a handful in Wyoming that’s struggling to come up with the money for a digital projector so it can stay in business.
HOST: Going to the movies has been a favorite pastime since the dawn of film… but Hollywood studios expect to stop printing movies on actual film before the end of this year. They’re switching over to a digital format, which requires all-new equipment… and the cost of the transition is proving prohibitive for some small Wyoming theaters. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez filed this report.