David Reuther warms up the new projection system at the Whallonsburg Grange.
The Oscar Award winner for best picture will have a better screen to be seen on when the Champlain Valley Film Society shows it Saturday, March 2.
CVFS recently purchased and installed a new HD projector and a movie screen that’s almost twice the size of the old one.
“It actually cost us just as much for this new system as it did to pay for the old one 10 years ago,” President David Reuther said. “Until now, we weren’t able to show movies in high definition but now, the quality of our shows rivals the theaters in Plattsburgh and Burlington.”
Reuther said that the organization has already shown two pictures with the new screen and projector, with the first show being a surprise to audience members.
“We kind of didn’t promote the first film on the new system because we were concerned that there would be kinks and issues with the new technology,” Reuther said. “When people came in and sat down, we announced that they were the first audience to see a movie with our new equipment. Everyone was thrilled.”
The new screen takes up the majority of the stage at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, the home of CVFS.
Reuther said that the new screen would also allow the society to branch out into more movies and events.
“We could do a Saturday morning series for children with cartoons or an independent film series,” he said. “There are so many things that we could not do before that we can with the new system.”
Reuther said that the Film Society thanks the Essex Community Fund/Adirondack Community Trust for grants to help purchase the new projection equipment.
Reuther said that they are also adding to the experience of going to the Grange by making it more like a movie theater.
“The Film Society began selling popcorn, snacks, and drinks so we offer a true movie theater experience,” Reuther said.
Along with the enhancements by the film society, the Grange itself has helped the movie-going experience.
“After years with old, uncomfortable wooden chairs, the Grange purchased 100 new, upholstered chairs,” he said. “Audiences tested three different models and there was an overwhelming winner, the Source Tier chair.”
The next movie is Oscar Award winner for Best Picture, “Argo,” on Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults and only $2 for those under 18. For the most up-to-date schedule and to watch previews of each movie, visit the Film Society's website at cvfilms.org.