The Corn Exchange has made the
decision to buy a digital projector.
It will cost £55,000.
The Corn Exchange has been showing films to Wallingford and
district audiences for the past 31 years.
Since the birth of cinema at the end of the 19th century, films
have been produced, circulated and screened on photographic
film. As the commercial UK cinema chains embrace digital
technology traditional 35mm films are being phased out.
Commercial cinema chains are now installing digital projectors
at a rate unforeseen only a couple of years ago. Of the 3750
commercial cinema screens in the UK over 75% have already
converted to digital and it is now estimated that over 98% will
be digital by the end of 2012. This means that the majority of
cinemas will require films in digital format. It will become
uneconomic to make traditional 35mm copies of films so this
format will rapidly disappear.
Small & independent cinemas are in danger of being starved
of films to show unless they also install digital equipment.
If cinema in Wallingford is to continue we need a digital
The Corn Exchange has not ignored the change to digital and has
already spent £25,000 buying and installing a digital sound
system. This has greatly enhanced the audio experience of the
current 35mm films and is an essential part of a new digital
cinema system. Already some new films are not available in 35mm
format so we must buy the digital projector soon.
Availability of funding will determine when we can order the
equipment. Programme schedules could allow installation in
August this year if sufficient funds are available.
Faced with this large
capital expenditure we, like many other small independent
cinemas, are turning to our patrons for help.