Tryon Theatre goes digital

Published 5:04 pm Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The historic Tryon Theatre will re-open Jan. 2 with Wreck-It-Ralph for its first digital film. See article on page 4. (photo by Leah Justice)

Theatre to reopen Jan. 2

The next time area residents see a flick at the historic Tryon Movie Theatre they will see it in digital.

Tryon Theatre owner Barry Flood recently installed a Christie digital projector with updated sound and updated projections. After a holiday break, Flood will reopen the theatre next Wednesday, Jan. 2 with the animated film Wreck-it-Ralph.

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“Needless to say it was a major investment,” Flood said. “It was a long-term investment in Tryon. This will ensure there will be a movie theatre in Tryon for decades.

Flood said his sources were telling him that in two to three years 35 mm film releases would be discontinued and everything would be digital so he was either faced with upgrading or getting out of the business.

Flood has owned the theatre for almost 23 years. One of the theatre’s staples is that Flood serves beer and wine in the theatre with both served in the balcony and wine also offered downstairs. The theatre also serves gourmet coffee.