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City Cinema undergoes transformation to digital projection

by Derek Martin

As many of you have read here, City Cinema is undergoing a dual transformation—from a private company to a community-owned non-profit, and from running 35mm film to a 2K digital projection system. The changes won’t make much difference for the average trip to the movies, but digital projection will have some advantages, and there will be more opportunities for community involvement and enhanced programming.

The Charlottetown Film Society Inc. is the group working to take over the Cinema. With the help of the generous supporters who bought lifetime memberships when the announcement was first made, the Society has been able to incorporate and start making plans. The conversion to digital is a reflection of industry standards, with 35mm film projection rapidly being phased out. The conversion is also very expensive, so between City Cinema and the Film Society, plans are underway for some special events to raise money and to have some fun!

The new digital equipment will be installed in mid-September, and City Cinema will be having a special event to say a fond “Farewell to Film” forever—probably the last regular 35mm screenings the Island will see. We plan to have a film-maker in attendance, and there will be a reception and giveaways of City Cinema memorabilia—film reels, posters etc. Final details will be announced in mid-August.

Tickets will soon be on sale for The Film Society’s first Summer Lottery. First Prize is a weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival Sep 14–16, with tickets to the Closing Night Gala and Party. Second prize is a year’s free admission to City Cinema (2 tickets every week), and Third prize is a terrific DVD library from distributor filmswelike. Tickets are $5.00 each or five for $20.00, and will be available at the Cinema and other locations tba. Draw date is September 2.

The Film Society is also offering some special memberships. They have a limited number of Founding Memberships available for $100. Founding membership includes discounted admission to the end of 2013, voting membership in the Society, a permanent acknowledgement in the lobby, and admission to a Farewell to Film screening and reception. A handful of Lifetime Memberships remain, they are $1,000, and include all of the above, with discounted admission for life. For more information you can write the Film Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or talk to Derek at the Cinema.

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