“Film is a dying art,” said Kathy Billek, co-owner of Cinema North in Phillips. She and her husband, Jim, have owned the Price County movie theaters since 1996, and seen the changes coming as film companies switch to digital. Film theaters are now nearly nonexistent, and the expense of the switch to digital projectors has driven many small theater owners out of business.
While the Park Theatre in Park Falls was recently converted to digital, Billek said the process is not over there either as they now need to install air conditioners for the expensive computer equipment. She also noted that because films are rotated between the two theaters, whatever happens at one theater will affect the other. This is an issue that will affect all area moviegoers, not just those in Phillips.
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