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Redhill's Waller Cinema goes digital
8:59pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
Redhill's Harlequin Cinema, renamed The Waller Cinema in 2010, this week raised the curtain on a new age of local film viewing.
The cinema at the Harlequin Theatre in Warwick Quadrant has installed a new digital projector.
Thanks to investment from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, the Waller Cinema was able to wave goodbye to its Cinemeccanica Victoria 5 35mm cinema projector, and say hello to a SONY SRX-R515.
The new digital projector, worth about £45,000, will generate improved sound and picture quality for the 100-seat cinema.
The installation of the projector was due to take three days, with the cinema due to show its first digital screening this Friday (October 4) - the controversial new film about the Princess of Wales, Diana. The new projector installation was part of the capital investment programme linked to the cinema's recent refurbishment.
Charlotte Allen, Harlequin Theatre and Cinema sales and marketing manager, said: “A lot of film distributors have stopped producing films on 35mm film, which we were using.
“If we wanted to continue showing quite recent films we had to make a move.”
Theatre manager Elizabeth Smith said: “We are very excited to be installing the new projector. “The investment will mean that we can continue to screen the latest releases and meet the needs of a wider audience with subtitled and audio described screenings.” She said: “We hope our customers are looking forward to embracing the new digital world at The Harlequin.”
Alongside regular screenings, the Harlequin will be offering customers the chance to see the latest releases in subtitles and audio described, as well as their popular Baby Club and Saturday Morning Cinema screenings. The Harlequin Cinema was opened in September 1997 by the actress Jenny Agutter and Mayor Councillor Mrs Mary Waller, and was later renamed The Waller Cinema, in tribute to Honorary Alderman Mary and Eddie Waller, for their support of The Harlequin. It is owned by the borough council.
Film listings can be found online at: www.harlequintheatre.co.uk Tickets are available online or from the box office, either in person or by calling 01737 276500.