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Article posted: 1/26/2013 7:10 AM

Digital age prompting closure of base theaters

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Movie patrons wait for the showing of "Hotel Transylvania" inside the theater on Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota on its last day of operation, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service theater serving airmen and their families is one of 60 across the globe that's closing because it's too expensive to switch from 35 millimeter film prints to an all-digital projection format. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)

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Ron Reynolds, projectionist for the Ellsworth Air Force Base theater, prepares to start a reel showing "Hotel Transylvania" on the South Dakota film house's last day of operation, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service theater serving airmen and their families is one of 60 across the globe that's closing because it's too expensive to switch from 35 millimeter film prints to an all-digital projection format. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)

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Sixty movie theaters around the globe run by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service are shutting down amid the industry's conversion to digital projection. It's just not cost effective for the exchange service to invest the $120,000 per theater needed to convert from 35 millimeter film to the new format at the theaters that are being closed, said spokesman Judd Anstey. Sixty theaters will make the upgrade.
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    • Movie patrons wait for the showing of "Hotel Transylvania" inside the theater on Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota on its last day of operation, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service theater serving airmen and their families is one of 60 across the globe that's closing because it's too expensive to switch from 35 millimeter film prints to an all-digital projection format. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)
    • Ron Reynolds, projectionist for the Ellsworth Air Force Base theater, prepares to start a reel showing "Hotel Transylvania" on the South Dakota film house's last day of operation, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service theater serving airmen and their families is one of 60 across the globe that's closing because it's too expensive to switch from 35 millimeter film prints to an all-digital projection format. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)
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