If you live in the greater Ludlow area, you no longer have to travel to Rutland or beyond see big-screen motion pictures. Recently, Ludlow Town Manager Frank Heald inspected the new high-tech projection system, and related audio-visual devices, that are being installed by FOLA-Friends of Ludlow Auditorium. The new gear will be used for screening classic and first-run films in the recently renovated public auditorium.
The auditorium, located at town hall on Depot Street, represents a new, revitalized space for a variety of public activities including movie shows.
This new movie projection equipment, owned by the town, was initially acquired with the aid of FOLA and with the expert guidance of action-movie producer-director David Giancola. Giancola is owner of Edgewood Studios located in Rutland's Howe Center. The filmmaker helped FOLA with the selection of the most sophisticated and cost-effective system for the space.
According to a FOLA news release, the system consists of a powerful, professional-grade projector with the power of transmitting vibrant, illuminated moving images across a distance of over 100 feet onto the auditorium's big screen. The system is not only DVD-ready, but it can also accommodate older technologies such as VHS cassettes and slides.It is also capable of projecting computer graphics and other images.
FOLA will be adding a new Blu-ray video player to the inventory of equipment, too, in order to provide high definition movie images.
Blu-ray technology was developed as a joint venture by BDA, a group of international electronics manufacturers including Apple and Dell and others. The format enables playback of high-definition video and for storage of data. The format has six times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs; Blu-ray disks hold up to 25GB on a single-layer and 50GB on a dual-layer.
With Giancola's help, FOLA also installed audio equipment to improve the sound quality of the films that will be screened.
Heald said FOLA is looking for individuals interested in learning how to operate this equipment, principally to show movies in the auditorium.
Anyone interested in participating in this project can get more information at 802-228-7239.