Saving a local cinema

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Reporter - Mychaela Bruner
Photojournalist - Michael Bradford

PRINCETON, Ky. - Old equipment is still a problem for a local landmark in the heart of a small town. Movie theaters are making the big transition to go digital, which means the Capitol Cinema in Princeton, Kentucky could soon be left behind.

Making the transition to go digital is pricey. Capitol Cinema was first quoted around $200,000 for new projectors, but owner Heidi Boyd said that number has come down to about $130,000 making the goal more realistic.

Boyd has turned to the community and volunteers have stepped up and started various fundraisers to help the theater get one step closer to reaching its goal.

"Running this theater it has not always been easy, and there have been times I want to throw my hands up, but then the customers walk through the doors with smiles on their faces and it just makes every bit of it worth it," said Boyd.

The atmosphere and friendly smiles is what keeps moviegoers like Linda Nordine and her grandson coming back to Capitol Cinema.

"We've been coming for about 15 years and have some great memories. Some funny laughters and shedding tears," said Nordine.

Boyd is asking for your help to keep the doors at the cinema open. She has until the beginning of November to raise the rest of the amount which is about $84,000.

Thanks to volunteers like Paducah Improv actor Todd Holloman, he said that pricey expectation is now more realistic.

"I had my first date here, saw the first star wars movie here back in 1977, so it has always had a special place for me and when we heard that they were going to have to do the digital conversion and raise money for that, they asked the improv group if we would do a benefit for that and we said absolutely yes," said Holloman.

Paducah Improv is a comedy troupe and is performing on September 7 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  The 7 p.m. show will be an adult show for ages 18 and up. The 4 p.m. show will be G-rated.

All of the money, will go to Capitol Cinema. For more information about how to help Capitol Cinema, click here.

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