Reading Cinemas Queenstown cinema complex manager Rebekah
Moore starts to clear out reels of film yesterday to make
way for the digital movie revolution this weekend. Photo by
Reading Cinemas Queenstown is in for a spring clean next
week, and will reopen fully digital and 3-D capable later this
month, with a wider choice of movies.
The resort's only movie palace will end its era of projecting
ribbons of 35mm film in front of a powerful light on to a
screen at 24 frames per second when staff dismantle and
remove the three large projectors and associated bulky
equipment to replace it all with the latest in digital
The final motion picture to be shown on film in the cinema
will be Kick-Ass 2 on Sunday, September 8, at 6.45pm.
Then the cinema will close to the public.
Reading will take the opportunity of the rare closure to
upgrade its theatre foyer.
A single film projector will be saved for display, while the
other two will be dismantled for transport to an Invercargill
The Queenstown cinema will be made digitally 3-D and 2-D
capable in one auditorium at a time.
It will reopen with its debut digital film, action movie
White House Down, starring Channing Tatum, on
Wednesday, September 11, at 6pm.
All three cinemas will be digitally refitted.
They will be open in time to present the Sandra Bullock
comedy The Heat on Saturday, September 14, which will
be an R18 night, with glasses of Champagne or soft drinks
offered to adult patrons to mark the occasion.
Cinema complex manager Rebekah Moore said 3-D projection
capability meant a range of movies could be shown in
Queenstown for the first time.
Animated family films The Smurfs 2, Planes and
Turbo, plus One Direction: This is Us,
Metallica Through the Never and the Sir Edmund Hillary
film Beyond the Edge were among the coming
''There's something for everyone,'' Mrs Moore said.
''It will definitely be a clearer, crisper visual movie