With the pricey switch from 35mm projection systems to Digital Cinema Projection on the horizon, small-town movie theaters face a crisis. As of 2014, the majority of new films as well as re-releases coming out of Hollywood will no longer be produced on 35mm, and the equipment needed to show the new format doesn't come cheap.
|The Sands Theatre in Brush, Colorado.|
Local non-profit Downtown Colorado Inc. saw the challenge for modest local movie- theater operations and wanted to help. And so Save Our Screens was born, a program through which DCI advocates, educates and assists in connecting indie theaters with funding for a smoother technological transition to the digital world. In conjunction with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, the Denver Film Society, the Gates Foundation and Boettcher Foundation, DCI hopes to keep rural theaters alive.
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