Civic leaders in the Buckinghamshire town of Chesham have decided to invest in a state-of-the-art projection system in order to expand the range of events that their local theatre can host.

The addition of the new digital projector to the facilities at the Elgiva Theatre will allow for the theatre to host the live streaming of worldwide events for public display and for the screening of 3D feature films.

The projection equipment will cost £62,930 but Chesham Town Council has said that they have easily been able to justify the outlay, particularly as the number of people attending the cinema screenings currently hosted at the theatre has more than doubled in the last year.

Speaking to the Bucks Free Press, Chesham Council clerk, Bill Richards, said that the new equipment would allow them to enter the modern era and they expect to see a return on the investment within the next four years.

“If Chesham is to retain a role in showing films, it is essential that a significant investment is made in digital projection equipment,” he told the newspaper. “By doing so, not only will the theatre retain the ability to show new mainstream films, but it will also open avenues for alternative income streams through direct streaming of major sporting and arts events such as opera from the New York Met.”