Closing of the Leesburg Tally Ho Theatre
posted by Michael Zoldessy on August 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm
LEESBURG, VA — The 81-year old Tally Ho Theatre in downtown Leesburg is set to close just after Labor Day, a victim of the shift to digital projection presentation only demanded by the major studios. The organization managing the property are contemplating using the site for live performances on the order of the State Theatre in Falls Church.
Read more in the Washington Post.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
what sad news.
Too many independent operators are falling for commercial companies outrageous quotes to convert to digital. Best idea is to get as many estimates as possible!
As a former owner of an independent theatre, I would go online to projectorcentral.com and find models of DLP projectors over 10,000 lumens and just run DVDs of either classics or 2nd run current movies. A lot of the cost for professional digital is the servers, consoles and 3D units.
The theatres I run my classics in have no problem booking with the film companies and we find a suitable DVD of their picture. (with today’s gorgeous transfers and high quality and high lumen projection we get EXCELLENT quality on the screen!