The Pueblo Chieftan

Westcliffe Jones Theater goes digital

A piece of history is getting replaced next month.

And in its place will be an up-to-date digital equipment for the Jones’ Theater in Westcliffe.

The 1936 projector will see its last days by mid-November thanks to a year-long fundraising campaign to raise funds to make a down payment on new equipment.

The theater started fundraisers to buy new digital equipment for the theater because after December of this year 35 mm films will no longer be produced.

Small movie theaters all over the country are closing because of the costs of converting to digital equipment which can be anywhere from 60 to 80 thousand dollars.

The Jones has received a partial grant from the Denver film foundation, but still need to raise another eight to ten thousand dollars to complete the purchase of the new equipment before December of this year.

Further fundraising with a “Diamond in the Sky” motif raised a substantial amount from local and regional donors so that the theater has been able to order the equipment to be installed this fall.

The theater will continue to show first run movies every weekend.

But with the addition of digital equipment and new sound equipment, a Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. will commence in November.

For more information, call 719-783-3004 or click on the theater’s website at www.jonestheater. com.

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