When the Grand Cinema bid farewell to film last week and entered the digital age, few moviegoers probably noticed the difference. Though images became sharper and the sound clearer, the big changes happened in the projection booth.
On Wednesday, Grand Cinema executive director Philip Cowan will give two behind-the-scenes tours of the theater with a focus on the new digital system and its installation process. The 30-minute tours are free, and no movie tickets will need to be purchased.
At 26 inches by 13 inches, the four new digital projectors are much smaller than the behemoth film versions they replaced. The movies now come on hard drives instead of film reels. Those films had to be spliced together and spooled on circular “platters” that are 4 feet wide.
Three new screens have been installed along with sound system upgrades.
This week also is the week for the Grand’s monthly free Click Family Flick, “Rise of the Guardians.” The 2012 animated feature tells the story of an evil spirit known as Pitch who tries to take over the world. The immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imaginations of children all over the world. The 97-minute film is rated PG.
Click sponsors the free movie series on the third Saturday of each month. Entry is limited to the first 100 in attendance. Children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be shown Dec. 21.