$60,000 upgrade will keep Pittsfield movie theater open

8:44 AM, Mar 27, 2013   |    comments
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PITTSFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When you walk into the Pittsfield Community Theatre, it's like taking a step back in time. Not everyone is as old school though. Most movie companies are converting from film to digital. An expensive upgrade for the Pittsfield theatre.

The Pittsfield Community Theatre first opened it's doors to the public in 1915. 98 years later it's dealing with a dilemma, either upgrade to a digital projector or risk the chance of closing. The chances of finding an affordable one were low, but Pittsfield Town Manager, Kathryn Ruth, was able to find a low bid from the company of Sonic for a new projector that cost around $60,000. Through the fundraising efforts of the town, it looks like that purchase will be possible.

"We've raised $52,000 through the efforts of all the volunteers and wonderful resources in the community that have helped generate funds for us through fundraisers and donations," said Ruth.

This is not the first time the historical building needed to be bailed out. The Town of Pittsfield purchased the Theatre in 1977 for $24,000 in order to ensure that the theatre remained open. Several years later, the feeling is still the same.

"It's a wonderful resource," said Ruth. "It's magnificent and children will remember coming to the theatre the rest of their lives."

To complete the digital conversion and renovations, the theatre will be closed Friday, March 29th. It will re-open for the playing of it's first digital movie, Snitch on Friday, April 5th.


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