Village Picture Shows reopens with new digital equipment

MANCHESTER - Movie buffs in Manchester have a reason to be excited again, now that the Village Pictures Shows on Depot Street has reopened its doors with new digital projection system.

They officially started business on Saturday with a showing of The Royal Ballet's production of "Alice in Wonderland."

"We only had minimal glitches," said Shelly Gibson, "and the technicians were able to fix it from afar."

Gibson explained that with their new setup, if there is a problem with the sound or video that is not a physical hardware problem, they can call their technicians to fix it remotely without having to come all the way to the theater.

"We have a one-year service agreement for our projectors, and they have already been able to make adjustments remotely, from Detroit," said Gibson, who is very thrilled with this very new process.

She also expressed her excitement about their new capabilities, including 3D films, and even showing 3D films in 2D. They have been showing "Iron Man 3" in 3D this week, but due to requests from the patrons they will be showing it in 2D next week. They will also be showing more than two different films in the coming week, something Gibson said that they were not able to do before having this new equipment.

"It's great," said Gibson. "Every one seems so happy." The theater was able to acquire the new equipment thanks mostly to the posting of the project on, an online fundraising site. Their goal for the project was listed as $175,000, but when they closed the project on the site they had raised nearly $200,000. This, in addition to money given to them by the Chamber of Commerce, meant that they had enough to purchase the equipment outright, and thus be in complete control of their prices.

"We're very fortunate to own all our own equipment," said Gibson. "We don't need to charge extra for 3D movies."

Gibson urges all patrons to continue to check their website and Facebook page for updates on their new content, including movie times. In the coming week, they plan to show a recording of the opera "La Boheme," as well as Robert Redford's film "The Company You Keep" and Japanese animated family film From Up on Poppy Hill. This all can be found on or pictureshows.


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