A historic independent cinema in Gloucestershire has entered the digital era with the installation of two new state-of-the-art digital projectors.

The Palace Cinema in Cindeford is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in the UK that is still operating, built in 1910, but has only recently taken its traditional old 35mm film projectors out of service.

The Gloucestershire Citizen newspaper reported this week that the two new projectors were funded with a £35,853 grant from the Forest of Dean Local Action Group. The cinema’s owners Andy and Karen Lougher said that there had been huge public support behind their bid for the grant, showing the public affection that the cinema inspires.

“It means we can carry on, it’s our future secured and we can continue to get the same big films at the same time as everyone else,” Mr Lougher said. “I do feel a bit nostalgic. There’s something very romantic about lacing up the old film and having all the reels spinning in the projection room. But this has to be the way forward, it saves so much money, it’s a better picture and it's much more efficient.”

The last film shown on the old projectors was the summer blockbuster, The Amazing Spiderman, with The Five Year Engagement being the first film to be screened on the new projectors.