By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – After a year of taking donations, applying for grants and hosting fund-raisers, the Elkin Theatre is poised to undergo renovations to keep up with the digital age of the box office.
“When we learned last year that filmmakers were going to stop making films in 35 millimeter, we knew we would have to get new equipment to keep current movies here. During the past year, we’ve raised $20,000 and I think in the end, it will cost $65,000. We’ve had a lot of earnings, but we’ll still have to take out a small loan that we’ll pay off quickly. We especially thank everyone who has helped out this far along,” said Bob Seymour, president of the Elkin Theatre board of directors.
The new silver screen should be installed this week and this weekend’s screening of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” will be the last film showed on the 35 mm projector. The new digital projector will be ready by the first of November.
“The old equipment will be scrap metal and we’ll probably use the old projector and other equipment as displays of how we will have used to have shown movies. We may even convert the old film turntables into actual tables,” Seymour said.
To help cover the costs of the new equipment, the Elkin raised the price of admission from $4 to $5 and with the new screen, the theater will have the capability of showing 3D movies.
“We’ll pick and choose which 3D movies we’ll show, but think we will have to charge an extra dollar for them,” Seymour said.
Seymour isn’t sure just yet what the first movie shown with the new equipment will be Nov. 2 and 3, but invites everyone to attend the last 35 mm the theater will ever show this weekend.