Small movie theaters struggle to switch from film to digital

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.

Movie Theaters Struggle to go Digital Feature

Edie Rollings holds a 35mm film reel in the projection room at the Ritz Theater in Thermopolis.

Edie Rollings holds a 35mm film reel in the projection room at the Ritz Theater in Thermopolis.

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.

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About gumshuz

I'm a writer and journalist living in Wyoming. Audio is my passion. My reporting has aired on Naitonal Public Radio, Wyoming Public Radio, BBC/PRI, APM and WAMU. My writing has been published in The News Leader, the Daily News-Record and The Star-Ledger. I deal in Americana and the human condition.
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