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Image: Funding campaign logo for the State's digital conversion

Fund goal met, Tupper Lake theater will go digital rather than dark

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The owner of Tupper Lake's cinema, Sally Strasser says community donations have raised enough money for the State Theater to pay for the costly conversion to new digital equipment. That's according to a report in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Movie theaters across the Adirondacks have been struggling to raise money to pay for digital projectors that will be required as Hollywood phases out the use of traditional film.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Speaking with North Country Public Radio last month at a fundraising event, Strasser said she was delighted that local residents wanted to save her cinema.

"That the community could come together like that for this theater—I'm sort of like, the theater is really kind of like theirs, anyway, and now they've come out and they are doing something for the theater which is theirs to begin with, and I am just the steward of. That's really how it is."

Through grants and donations, Strasser raised roughly $95,000.  According to the Enterprise, she plans to close the State Theater early next month to install the new equipment.

Other theaters across the North Country — including Glens Falls and Indian Lake — have already made the conversion to digital projectors. 

But other theaters in the region are still raising funds and asking theater-goers for donations.

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