Monday, April 21, 2014

What's a photograph of a theater doing in a nature photography site?

North Bend Theater, North Bend, Washington
Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55mm
If there was an "endangered species list" for American communities movie many houses would be on it.  Television, DVD recordings and on-demand video services killed off many and many of the rest may succumb to technology demands of the industry that will mothball hot projectors and endless reels of film in favor of hard drives and digital projection.
Progress, however, comes with a price -- a cool $100,000 -- money that many already struggling theater owners don't have.  With the deadline for digital conversion rapidly approaching the days of the local movie house are numbered but not for the 6,000 people in North Bend, Washington (about 30 miles west of Seattle).
The community came together to raise money to save the 1941 art deco North Bend theater which, in addition to movies, is a venue for many community events. 

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