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Monday, December 9, 2013

Ligonier Theater needs new equipment to continue showing the movies.

The film industry's shift from celluloid film reels to hard-disc drives has already hurt the historic Ligonier Theatre.
The theater, which has been screening movies since the 1940s, has been dark the past several weekends, unable to find movies available on 35 mm film reels, Executive Director Eric Harris said.
The theater is owned by the nonprofit group the Valley Players of Ligonier, which uses the venue to stage a handful of live theatrical performances each year. In between stage productions, though, the theater would be idle if not for movie screenings.
“The movies provide a pretty steady cash flow,” Harris said. “We rely on the movies to pay the bills. We only get about five live shows a year, so the rest of the time, it's movies.”

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