The effort on Kickstarter.com seeks to land at least $150,000 in donations by June 28 for the purchase of two new digital projectors. A separate campaign by the film society for two additional new projectors so far has raised $70,000 from donors out of $150,000 needed.
The $300,000 fundraising campaign is a response to film studios discontinuing most movie releases on 35-millimeter film. By the end of the year, almost all movies are expected to released only in digital formats, which require digital projectors.
“We must respond to the new Hollywood and film industry standard and purchase (digital) projectors immediately,” the film society said on its Kickstarter site. “In other words, we have to be proactive. We either go digital or we lose the ability to deliver the most complete film offerings.”
Three of the new projectors will serve three auditoriums at the Sie FilmCenter. The fourth will be used for film society events at Red Rocks and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
About 85 percent of all U.S. movie theaters already have converted to digital. The remainder consist mostly of drive-in theaters and art-house cinemas.
source: By Steve Raabe – The Denver Post