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Movie theaters switch to digital

Rachel Gibson Rachel Gibson
Judy Tokunaga Judy Tokunaga
Joshua Lee Joshua Lee

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - With television stations making the switch to digital, movie theaters are following close behind.

It's a digital world and we're just living in it. that's what most movie theaters are now saying, including the Ward 16 Theaters.

"You really get a crisp, clear picture and it's a whole different experience, I think when you're witnessing a film," Consolidated Theatres events and promotions manager, Rachel Gibson said.

Moviegoers definitely know the difference when it comes to digital and even going into 3-D.

"It's just like being there, like you're popped into a movie and you're there and you feel like you're part of the whole movie," Moviegoer Judy Tokunaga said.

Tokunaga and her nephew Joshua Lee arrived early to see the premiere of Monsters vs. Aliens in 3-D. The other benefit of digital projectors is once a theater goes digital, it can install 3-D systems.

"It's the equipment, it's a lot of heavy duty equipment, getting that in, making sure it's installed properly," Gibson said.

Lee surely felt the same way.

"It's close to you and the regular movie, like it's far away from you," Lee said.

Despite these dark financial times, people still see the bright side a movie brings to our lives.

"Movies are a great form of entertainment, especially in times like these, people still need that two hours of escape, when you can just go and lose yourself in a story," Gibson said.

It's a story now told in digital. Industry experts say digital cinema, and digital 3-d in particular, are incredibly important in helping the movie industry compete with home theaters. Unlike television, theaters aren't required to go digital.

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