Horsham’s Capitol Theatre will soon be able to show a far wider range of films to its visitors thanks to the unveiling of a brand new projector.

Horsham District Council, which runs the cinema – located in the town’s North Street – have purchased a new digital projector to boost film capacity at the 420-seat theatre. It will now be able to play a selection of three or four films each week in both the theatre and studio spaces at the venue.

The Capitol already has two dedicated cinema screens, and it will now be able to boost audience capacity for the live content, such as the MET Opera seasons and the National Theatre, both of which are very popular with visitors.

Jonathan Chowen (Con, Cowfold, Shermanbury and West Grinstead), Cabinet Member for arts, heritage and leisure, told West Sussex Today: “This is great news for The Capitol. This new projector extends the viewing ability, meaning three new films can now be screened in three different spaces, giving visitors a greater choice of what they can watch.”

The new digital projector will allow the cinema to keep up with progress in the film industry, as many film distribution companies have suggested that they will stop production of 35mm film over the coming years.

Nick Mowat, general manager at The Capitol, told the newspaper: “The new projector is already being put to good use and we were recently able to put on extra showings of the popular movie Monsters University to cope with the demand during the summer holidays.”