Old Forge’s movie theater goes digital

OLD FORGE – After months of intense fundraising efforts, the Strand Theater now has a digital projector for each of its four screens.

The community showed support for the theater by helping it raise $200,000 to complete the project. The total was raised in part at a community Gala in July that brought in $20,600 and at the annual Calypso Cove Go-Kart Race, which raised a record $12,000 last year.

Theater owners Bob Card and Helen Zyma also received a $25,000 state grant for the project.

“We are overwhelmed by the support being given to us by so many individuals, groups and organizations that have worked so hard, and continue to work hard on our behalf putting together donations and events to help us fund this behemoth,” the theater owners wrote in a press release. “It is very humbling and words cannot express how much everyone’s support means to us. To all who have contributed, and to all who are out there still contributing, we do not intend to let you down. We want the Strand to always be here for you. The digital future is exciting and we look forward to sharing it with you.”

Four of the Adirondacks’ locally-owned theaters are still actively fundraising to make the transition to digital projection. The Palace Theatre in Lake Placid has converted two of its four screens and still needs to raise $15,000. The Hollywood Theatre in AuSable Forks, the Strand Theater in Schroon Lake and the Strand Theater in Plattsburgh each need $25,000 to make the transition.