However, our theater does have a back-up plan just in case: We still have the 35mm projectors installed and operational along side each digital. Never know when may need it.
I'm under the impression that if you start with digital, the studios will not give you a film print, and maybe vice-versa. If that's true, what good would it do to have the equipment for backup purposes? There's a nearby all-digital theatre with two 35mm installs, but they only use them if the movie is available only on film. Their "projectionist" told me they'd only used the film gear a couple times the whole year.
Being a drive-in, with one show a day, a failure in the booth can be a very significant event. Sending several hundred people home for any reason is a real nightmare, no matter how you do it.
I've heard several people say they've had decent performance from their digital projectors. However, considering how easy it is to fix most problems with "old reliable", it could be a difficult transition for us.
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