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TMSG: The Sun Theatre

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WILLIAMSTON, Mich. (WLNS) - The Sun Theatre in Williamston says they're trying to be pro-active about raising the funds to switch from 35mm to digital, after Hollywood said they'll no longer use film sometime in 2013.

"It's really going to affect a lot of small theatres. We're just trying to be proactive. Get the funds to switch over before it starts happening," said Lisa Robitaille, a co-owner of the Sun.
     
Almost all of those funds came in for Lisa and her husband Dan over the holidays. A very generous Williamston Community raised more than $50,000 of the $80,000 needed to get a digital projector. But since they project the switch to be this summer, they know the Sun still needs to rise a bit.

"If we can't show movies, then what's the point of keeping the theatre? We're trying not to raise the ticket prices," said Robitaille.

One of the big reasons for the 'Save The Sun Campaign' was to not only preserve a historic downtown Williamston locale, but also a vintage piece of movie history like $4 tickets, $1 popcorn and $0.50 pop.

"It's sad to say movie is like going to a sporting event. We want it to be a cheap date night," said Dan

But definitely a memorable night, a plot-line The Sun's very own movie script has followed since first opening six decades ago.

The Robitailles say their next project will be to upgrade the vintage facade of the Sun Theatre. They also say even if it doesn't reach it's goal in time, they'll find a way to keep the theatre open for the community.

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