NEWTOWN — Edmond Town Hall Theatre, the historic theater and movie house located at 45 Main St. in Newtown is closed for three days beginning February 11, to upgrade its digital movie projector.
All theater activities, including movies, will cease as installers upgrade to a larger projector that will improve image resolution, brightness and sound for all movies and will make it possible to project films with 4k resolution, which provides much more image detail.
The theater expects to reopen on Friday, February 14, with a new movie just in time for the midwinter school break.
This upgrade is part of an overall improvement effort that began last spring with safety improvements to theater rigging and will continue with the projector upgrade in February and lighting improvements later this spring.
All changes being made are part of an overall effort to improve the audience experience in the 500-seat proscenium theater.
The Board of Managers, six electors in charge of building oversight, has been working to host more live performances, provide audiences with new offerings, and grow attendance.
The changes made so far have made it possible to host the Newtown Savings Bank Music Series during the past year.
A second music series is scheduled to start on Saturday, March 28.
Information on upcoming events is available at www.edmondtownhall.org.
Edmond Town Hall was completed in 1931 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The building was a gift from Newtown benefactor Mary Elizabeth Hawley and has served as the center of the community and the heart of Newtown since its inception by providing generations of residents and neighbors with governmental services space; affordable family entertainment in the proscenium theater; sports opportunities in its gymnasium; and elegant space in its Alexandria banquet hall for gatherings, fundraisers, civic events or to celebrate life events.
Event rentals, movies and a modest disbursement from a trust fund provide most, but not all of the building’s operating expenses.