RED BANK - The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank is going back to its roots with a digital projector that will allow proprietors to show movies again on a regular basis.
The theater is one of New Jersey's best known theaters for concerts and comedy, but it started out in the 1920s as a Vaudeville theater and movie house before becoming primarily a live theater.
In recent years, the theater has had movie nights, but it didn't have a digital projector to show new films.
The Basie invested $80,000 in a digital projector, which will be installed next to its older 35 mm film projectors.
The theater plans to create new film programming in cooperation with Sony Pictures Classics.
"I was approached many years ago by the Basie saying, you know we used to have movies here and stopped and would you like to get involved," says Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard. "And I said very much so because I think it's important for the community to have movies that wouldn't normally play in the local theaters."
Movies are no longer being shot on film and are now digital. That change already required movie theaters to update their equipment.