The Augusta theater says that it is installing a new digital projector to stay in business. But it needs to donations to help pay for it otherwise the theater may go out of business.
"Film is about to become a thing of the past," says DeAnn Triboulet of the Augusta Arts Council, which owns and operates the Augusta. "A lot of theaters have already went to digital and so they're making less and less prints on film."
The projector cost more than $80,000, and was paid for with the help of a loan. The theater is collecting donations to pay off the loan in full. $50,000 has already been donated.
"We really do need the money," said Mike Smith, the theater's projectionist. "We operate on an awful thin budget already. So if we can pay for the whole conversion just from donations, then that's just so much easier for us."
The new projector will be installed in August and the theater management says that it will be able to show 3-D movies.