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posted: 12/20/2012 11:07 AM

Catlow to enter digital age Friday night

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  • Levi Lampi with Sonic Equipment of Iola, Kan., works on the installation of the new digital projector at the Catlow theater in Barrington. The new projector, which will allow the theater to remain open, was purchased through patron donations.

       Levi Lampi with Sonic Equipment of Iola, Kan., works on the installation of the new digital projector at the Catlow theater in Barrington. The new projector, which will allow the theater to remain open, was purchased through patron donations.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • The old film projector in the projection booth at the Catlow theater in Barrington, at right, will be donated to the Portage theater in Chicago. The projector was replaced Wednesday as the theater welcomed a new digital projector purchased through patron donations.

       The old film projector in the projection booth at the Catlow theater in Barrington, at right, will be donated to the Portage theater in Chicago. The projector was replaced Wednesday as the theater welcomed a new digital projector purchased through patron donations.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Catlow theater owners Roberta Rapata and Tim O'Connor talk with Levi Lampe as he prepares to install a new speaker near the screen in the historic Barrington theater. The theater also is welcoming a new digital projector purchased largely through patron donations.

       Catlow theater owners Roberta Rapata and Tim O'Connor talk with Levi Lampe as he prepares to install a new speaker near the screen in the historic Barrington theater. The theater also is welcoming a new digital projector purchased largely through patron donations.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • A movie poster for the African Queen from 1951 hangs on the wall next to a rack of new sound equipment in the projection booth at the Catlow theater in Barrington. The theater also is welcoming a new digital projector purchased largely through patron donations.

       A movie poster for the African Queen from 1951 hangs on the wall next to a rack of new sound equipment in the projection booth at the Catlow theater in Barrington. The theater also is welcoming a new digital projector purchased largely through patron donations.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • The Catlow Theater in Barrington will reopen to the public with an 8 p.m. Friday showing of the James Bond film "Skyfall."

       The Catlow Theater in Barrington will reopen to the public with an 8 p.m. Friday showing of the James Bond film "Skyfall."
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

 
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The Catlow theater in Barrington will reopen to the public at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, for the James Bond movie "Skyfall," marking its entry into the digital age.

The theater closed for two days for the equipment conversion that was essential if the 85-year-old theater was to have a future.

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The conversion, which also included a new sound system, comes courtesy of the 1,394 backers who donated $175,395 to the Catlow through an online fundraiser over the summer.

It took only seven days to raise the $100,000 needed for the digital projector. But supporters continued to give throughout the rest of the 60-day donation period after learning that other improvements like a new sound system were possible.

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