Au revoir to 35mm films at Regina Public Library

It was the end of an era for the Regina Public Library film theatre Tuesday night, as it projected its final 35-millimetre film movie.

Theatre switching to digital movies

The Regina Public Library is making the switch to digital and has projected its last movie on film. 0:47

It was the end of an era for the Regina Public Library film theatre Tuesday night, as it projected its final 35-millimetre film movie.

After more than a quarter-century and thousands of films — documentaries, art house movies and indies — the library is trading in its old projector for a digital system.

Deputy director Julie McKennna says it's time for a upgrade.

"We've missed some in programming over the last year and the distributors are really the ones making the call," she said. "We want to bring that whole world of cinema to the Regina public."

The classic 1962 French film Jules and Jim was the final movie shown using the 35mm projector.

It was also one of the first films ever shown at the RPL theatre.

Many of the movie theatres around Saskatchewan have already made the switch to digital, which involves playing large computer files instead of  film reels.

The RPL Film Theatre will be closed for digital conversion from Dec. 9 to 15.

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