The historic Brooklyn Heights Cinema in Brooklyn, New York, is aiming to make the switch to digital projection after it was unable to show popular movies as they were no longer available on 35mm film.
The owner of the venue, Kenn Lowy, confirmed that he was no longer able to purchase films in the old format, and needed to raise $30,000 in order to buy a digital projector for one of the cinema’s two screens. “35mm prints are so hard to get,” Mr Lowy told DNAInfo New York.
If the money could not be raised by the end of this month, the cinema would be forced to close, Mr Lowy said. He confirmed that, on top of the digital projector, he also needed to buy a digital cinema media server, an automation system to control the lighting within the cinema, and a selection of lenses and bulbs.
The two-screen cinema seats 300 people and first opened in 1970. It claims to be “the oldest and longest running independently owned and operated cinema remaining in New York City”.
“People love this theater because it’s the last of its kind”, added Mr Lowy.