DAGSBORO, Del. - The owner of the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro said that because 35mm film will stop being made by the end of 2013, upgrade costs could put the theater out of business.
The Clayton Theatre opened in 1949 and has used the same projectors ever since. The issue is now that 35mm film will eventually be obsolete, the theater must upgrade to digital. This could cost from $80,000 to $100,000, according to owner Joanne Howe.
"For smaller screens like myself, it's not a real lucrative business. We do it because we love the theaters and we love the home town feel," Howe said. She and her husband bought the theater in 2000.
People who frequent the theater say they do not want to see it go. They are bot the only ones. A group called Save America's Theaters has set up a website to accept donations to help around 3,000 theaters the Clayton Theatre survive through the financial burden of upgrading from 35mm to digital.
"The people that are starting this organization just hate to see all these small lights around town burn out in the small towns across America," Howe said.
The Clayton Theatre is the last single screen cinema left in the state of Delaware, according to Howe.
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