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Local cinemas to be fully digitalised. Head of films and information optimistic. Film-lovers in Stavanger and Sandnes are in for a change in the near future. All 14 screens will be showing films in digital quality by next summer. It’s out with the old, and in with the new.“The Big City” Whilst this film from 1926 probably has very little to do with Stavanger, local cinema audiences can sit back in their seats in the latter half of 2010 knowing that they live in the first country in the world to experience all-digital film entertainment.

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Local cinemas to be fully digitalised

Published on Wednesday, 28th October, 2009 at 15:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Head of films and information optimistic.

"le cinema amitie" cinema screen, france
"le cinema amitie" cinema screen, france
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Film-lovers in Stavanger and Sandnes are in for a change in the near future. All 14 screens will be showing films in digital quality by next summer. It’s out with the old, and in with the new.

“The Big City”

Whilst this film from 1926 probably has very little to do with Stavanger, local cinema audiences can sit back in their seats in the latter half of 2010 knowing that they live in the first country in the world to experience all-digital film entertainment.

Whilst this may not make a difference to some, SF Kino’s head of films and information is pleased.

“One of the advantages is that we’ll be able to show the popular films in more of our theatres,” Stig Pedersen tells The Foreigner.

“Easy Rider”

The concept of digital films here is not entirely new, however. Pedersen says that screen 7 in Stavanger already has all-digital equipment, with 2 screens in both Stavanger and Sandnes that can run both digital and the old 35mm formats.

Pedersen says that digitalisation has made it easier for them, despite the fact that things didn’t run smoothly in at first.

“In the beginning we could only get the digital keys to unlock and show the films for a couple of days and had to get new ones if we wanted to extend their screening periods. But now we can get them for 3-4 weeks, and full digitalisation will mean increased flexibility with our programming.”

“Little big league”

But according to NRK, digitalisation has not been welcomed by some of the smaller cinemas around the country. They fear that the smaller films will disappear in favour of the blockbusters.

“When you only have a few screens it’s not so easy to show a small film if there are others that bring in a lot of money,” says Ruth Mjøen, head of Lillehammer council’s cinemas.

Her concern is shared by Jørgen Stensland, departmental director of the organisation “Film og Kino”, who believes that most cinemas will begin showing newer films in digital quality as much as they can.

But Pedersen, for his part, says that SF Kino’s film public have nothing to worry about.

“It all depends on the distributors, but there’s no reason to fear that we’ll have fewer films to offer.”

SF Kino Stavanger/Sandnes shows between 230 and 250 titles per year.



Published on Wednesday, 28th October, 2009 at 15:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: stavanger, sandnes, sf, kino, screens, digital, projectors, films.





  
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