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The Elks Theater in the Digital Age

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Jan 8, 2013 1:56 PM

Photo by The Elks Theater

"There will be no more 35 [millimeter film] of new runs halfway through this year," says Dan Santelli, the Elks repertory programmer and director of operations. Along with the all the movie theaters in the country, the Elks Theater is facing the imminent arrival of films coming from the major movie studios in a digital format which requires theaters to buy a costly new projector to be able to continue showing the latest releases.

"The conversion to digital will see a great many local, old neighborhood theaters which will not be able to afford the conversion," says Gordon Einhorn, a board memeber of the Greater Middletown Economic Development Corporation, the non-profit that owns the theater, "and we don't want that to happen to The Elks. We want to make sure that we're able to do the conversion to digital..."

The Elks began a capital campaign a few months ago and one of the ways they're trying to raise money for the new equipment is through their Classic Films Series which began back in October. Since then, the series has included The Thing, A White Christmas and the next will be a Monty Python marathon beginning Saturday, January 11.

The Majestic Theater in Gettysburg is facing a similar plight and is in the process of raising funds for its theater's conversion to digital.

More information on The Elk's fundraising efforts and showtimes can be found at

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