The Colonial Theatre http://nhpr.org en Not Quite A Sign Of The Times http://nhpr.org/post/not-quite-sign-times <p></p><p>It was about two weeks ago that Stephen Dignazio, the executive director of the non-profit Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, put the message on the marquee.</p><p>It said “Spring Is On The Way.”</p><p>It was a warm, fuzzy thought, but premature.</p><p>“I guess we made a misstep there,” said Dignazio.</p><p>With the snow getting heavier throughout the day Wednesday, cars churned up and down Main Street past the theater and that overly optimistic marquee</p><p>And Dignazio was not trying to escape the blame for the wintry assault.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:19:22 +0000 Chris Jensen 44965 at http://nhpr.org Not Quite A Sign Of The Times Kickstarting The Colonial Theatre http://nhpr.org/post/kickstarting-colonial-theatre <p><a href="http://bethlehemcolonialtheatre.org/" target="_blank">The Colonial Theatre</a> in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, is among the oldest continually running movie theatres in the country, and is currently the only venue for showing independent movies in northern New Hampshire. Now, nearly 100 years after opening its doors, The Colonial may have to stop showing films. Like many indie theaters across the country, The Colonial has to convert to the digital format adopted by the film industry if it wants to show new releases. The theatre recently launched a $10,000 <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1654619574/bring-digital-cinema-to-new-hampshires-oldest-thea" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> to help pay for and install digital projection equipment. <strong>Stephen Dignazio </strong>is executive director of The Colonial Theatre and joins us to discuss the campaign.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:06:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29820 at http://nhpr.org Kickstarting The Colonial Theatre Farewell To 35 mm Film Means Hello To Trouble For Small Theaters http://nhpr.org/post/farewell-35-mm-film-means-hello-trouble-small-theaters <p>Film studios are planning to replace 35 mm films with digital projectors that could cost $50,000 or more.</p><p>That&rsquo;s expected to improve visual quality and reduce costs for the film studios. But owners of small, community cinemas and drive-ins are worried. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 21:42:50 +0000 Chris Jensen 10422 at http://nhpr.org Farewell To 35 mm Film Means Hello To Trouble For Small Theaters