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Film vs. DVDs 24 Feb 2010 09:50 #33422

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We have restored a small, 400 seat historic art deco Theatre, small town. Presently we show vintage classic flicks, Food and a Flick, from DVDs. The folks in town really want first run movies too but costs are prohibitive due to a very depressed economy here in town with 80% company lay-offs = which means low attendance. Any thoughts and help with showing current movies from DVDs? We have a very professional LCD projector so thats not a problem.... Help and suggestions please or should I just forget it?

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Re:Film vs. DVDs 27 Feb 2010 11:27 #33445

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Hi Chuck,

You won't be able to get a movie on DVD while it is in first run. Once the DVD has been released, sure.

Regardless - to not run afoul of the movie studios you need to get the rights to show any movie, even the old classic stuff (unless it is in the public domain, not a lot). If you aren't paying for the rights to show films then your business is at risk.

Anyway, first run movies are available digitally but the equipment to outfit a theatre is not cheap.
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Re:Film vs. DVDs 02 Mar 2010 20:27 #33479

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Used 35mm projection equipment is not that expensive these days. Where are you located? A good equipment dealer should be able to set you up with a good used system for a LOT less than putting in D-Cinema. If you were starting from scratch with no speakers no sound system at all I would say about 5 grand for a single projector/platter set-up.
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Re:Film vs. DVDs 02 Mar 2010 22:14 #33482

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You can get art films 1st run on dvds---
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Re:Film vs. DVDs 02 Mar 2010 23:17 #33486

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Slap,

What % are available on dvd?
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Re:Film vs. DVDs 03 Mar 2010 00:20 #33489

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40/35--- rare 50 but will do it rather than not play it due to short print avail.

We are opening the RED BARRON on dvd
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Re:Film vs. DVDs 03 Mar 2010 15:54 #33496

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What kind of projector are you using to show these dvd's? I have seen dvd's on 70,000 DLP machines and they look *****almost***** as good as 1.85:1 35mm but I have also seen DVD projected on prosumer projectors and they looked pretty awful no where near the quality, brightness, or resolution of 35mm.
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