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In 2013, Hollywood will stop shipping movies on celluloid film. Some call it the biggest change since movies got sound. Theaters ...
will have to go digital, or go dark. The AP's Lee Powell finds one theater hoping to keep the pictures flickering. (June 19)
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[Notes:AP][Notes:June 2, 2012][Notes:Gettysburg, Pa.][Notes:VO battlefield scenes, cannon][Notes:VO:]IT IS A PLACE WHERE THE PAST IS PRESENT ...[Notes:VO Gettysburg battlefield monuments][Notes:VO:]STONE AND METAL REMINDING US OF THAT ...[Notes:VO wide vista][Notes:VO:]NAMES LIKE LITTLE ROUND TOP ... NOT FORGOTTEN.[Notes:June 1, 2012][Notes:AP][Notes:VO Gettysburg downtown scenes][Notes:VO:]IN GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA ... *TIME* HAS A WAY ... OF *LINGERING.*[Notes:VO wide on theater exterior][Notes:VO:]YOU CAN SEE IT ON CARLISLE STREET ... AT THE MAJESTIC THEATER.[Notes:NATS NATS NATS changing marquee][Notes:VO manager inside main theater][Notes:Jeffrey Gabel / Founding Executive Director, Majestic Theater]SOT: Yes, if these walls could talk ...[Notes:William Troxell / Mayor of Gettysburg]SOT: The small theaters were the social life of the community ...[Notes:NATS NATS NATS film threaded through projector][Notes:VO:]MOVIES HERE STILL RUN ... NOW ON TWO SCREENS ... $7.50 A FEATURE.[Notes:NATS NATS ticket taker at box office][Notes:SUPER: Dora Townsend / Majestic Theater Patron]SOT: They offer an opportunity for people to discuss culture and issues that of our time ... History ... Romance ... music[Notes:VO Tight on film being wound][Notes:VO:]AND THEY COME WITH A *PLOT TWIST* ... OR TWO.[Notes:Jeffrey Gabel / Founding Executive Director, Majestic Theater]SOT: The thought of having to replace two perfectly fine and almost brand new 35 millimeter projectors with new digital projectors, it's just financially daunting ...[Notes:VO employee rolling up poster, film reel spinning][Notes:VO:]ACROSS AMERICA ... THE MOVIES MAY STOP ON SMALL TOWN SCREENS.[Notes:SUPER: John Fithian / President, National Association of Theatre Owners]SOT: The onset of sound was a big deal. When we converted to color that was big. But the transition from the technology we use today in the cinemas which is celluloid film to digital projection is the biggest transition we've encountered ...[Notes:VO: Tight on film being spooled, label][Notes:VO:]FILM IS *FADING* AWAY ...[Notes:VO:]SOMETIME IN 2013 HOLLYWOOD WILL STOP SHIPPING IT. THE MOVIES ... ARE GOING DIGITAL.[Notes:Lee Powell / Associated Press / Gettysburg, Pa.]BRIDGE STUP: One expensive part of showing movies is transporting heavy reels of film, like this. With digital cinema, you just need something like this hard drive.[Notes:VO: film on ready to go, projector snapped closed][Notes:VO:]BUT BITS AND BYTES AND NEW PROJECTORS COST MONEY ...[Notes:Jeffrey Gabel / Founding Executive Director, Majestic Theater]SOT: That's approximately $125,000 for this small town ...[Notes:NATS NATS NATS cash drawer closed][Notes:VO TS on concession stand, candy][Notes:VO:]AND MONEY IS HARD TO COME BY IN THE MOVIE SHOWING BUSINESS ... WHERE PROFITS ARE SLIM.[Notes:Jeffrey Gabel / Founding Executive Director, Majestic Theater]SOT: My gross for film for an entire year is just around $100,000 ...[Notes:NATS NATS NATS - film cut][Notes:John Fithian / President, National Association of Theatre Owners]SOT: Will all the independents be able to survive the transition? No, they won't. And that is unfortunate ...[Notes:VO tilt down to theater exterior][Notes:VO:]SO AT THE MAJESTIC ... SAVING MOVIES MEANS HUNTING FOR MONEY ...[Notes:Dora Townsend / Majestic Theater Patron]SOT: Psh, no brainer. I mean, the movies must go on and we will do the fundraising ...[Notes:NATS NATS NATS theater manager meeting mayor][Notes:VO black and white picture of Majestic][Notes:VO:]MEMORIES ... PERHAPS THE BEST *PITCH* OF ALL.[Notes:William Troxell / Mayor of Gettysburg]SOT: I used to carry a flashlight every time I come down this aisle ...[Notes:VO: Mayor going down aisle, sitting down, archival photo of Majestic][Notes:VO:]85-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM TROXELL IS MAYOR OF GETTYSBURG. HE WALKED THE ROWS OF THE MAJESTIC IN HIGH SCHOOL ... AS AN USHER ... [Notes:SUPER: William Troxell / Mayor of Gettysburg]SOT: As I recall they had three movies a week, this was before movies on Sunday, and they had to have an election in order to have movies on Sunday ...[Notes:NATS NATS NATS][Notes:VO: Film on spool, ticket torn, drink poured][Notes:VO:]FOR NOW ... FILM STILL GETS THREADED ... TICKETS ARE SOLD ... DRINKS POURED. [Notes:VO: projector bulb, fuzzy image of screen][Notes:VO:]BUT THE FUTURE IS DEFEATING THE PAST, AS IT ALWAYS SEEMS TO DO ...[Notes:VO Majestic marquee in neon at night, switches off][Notes:VO:]AND THE SCREENS AT THE MAJESTIC THEATER ON CARLISLE STREET ... MAY FADE TO BLACK.[Notes:VO:]LEE POWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA(****END****)