Kentucky Theatre goes digital

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For nine decades the Kentucky Theatre has opened it's doors to Lexington moviegoers, but for the past four days those same doors have been closed.

"We're looking toward the future. We're anxious and excited," said Fred Mills, who's worked at the historic theatre since the 60s.

Mills said the closure has allowed the theatre to make a significant upgrade.

"Yesterday was the last day to show 35 millimeter film," said Mills, "today, is the dawning of a new era. We're just beginning to do a conversion to digital projectors. It's kind of mixed feelings, a lot of sadness to see those old machines go."

So it's out with the old and in with the new.

"I've been told the colors are a little more brighter. I think it should be lots better."

The theatre says it was time to make the change because many movies won't be made on the old 35-millimeter film.

"I think you have to change with the times, if you don't you get left behind. In this particular case if we didn't make the change, we'd be out of business," said Mills, "We certainly want the Kentucky Theatre to go on forever."

So as the saying goes in show biz, "the show must go on."

"We're anxious to get with the 2013."

The conversion has been funded privately through friends of the Kentucky Theatre. The theatre says the next wave of improvements will likely include fresh paint and carpeting.

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