The Normal Theater opened in 1937 and to keep up with the times, will be going to an all digital format. (WJBC file photo)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
NORMAL - The Normal Theater is going digital.
The town council Monday night approved of an $84,000 purchase for a digital projection system. City Manager Mark Peterson said it will be about two to three years before all film is digital.
"This is a slow process. We're beginning to see film distribution companies already limit certain titles we can get in a cellulose format, or an old-style film format," Peterson said.
Money comes from the town's general vehicle and equipment replacement fund.
According to the town staff report, industry publications have estimated that 95% of all movies will only be available in the new digital format soon.