It’s just a novelty. It’s never going to last. Or will it? That question has dogged every movie-technology upgrade since silents became talkies and black-and-white went Technicolor. And that’s the question dogging a timeless movie-going couple in a frankly hilarious Kickstarter video — a so-called “Kigstarter” video — posted by downtown Vancouver’s historic Kiggins movie theater. The Kiggins is looking for an $85,000 kick from Kickstarter — which means you — by Monday if it is to join the 21st century and upgrade its movie-showing equipment from celluloid film to digital. It’s not an elective decision, according to Kiggins owner Dan Wyatt. Wyatt said the Kiggins must “go digital or go dark” because the movie industry has decided to stop making and distributing 35 mm prints. In other words, old-fashioned film is a novelty. It’s not going to last. No more deliveries of extra-large-pizza-sized canisters containing film that gets threaded through enormous reel-to-reel projectors. Sometime this year, Wyatt said, the entire industry will drop that classic format and instead start plugging sealed hard drives into state-of-the-art digital readers. The upgrade is meant to save the industry money and curtail piracy, Wyatt said. “It’ll all be encrypted,” he said. But it’s […]
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