Cinema on the edge: Improvised film exhibition and digital projection in rural Australia

Aveyard, Karina (2012) Cinema on the edge: Improvised film exhibition and digital projection in rural Australia. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 6 (2). pp. 189-201.

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Digital projection technologies are changing the nature of movie exhibition on a global scale. Commercial cinemas are now rapidly embracing the high-end (and high-cost) Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) Standard for projection in place of traditional 35mm film. This new equipment is helping to give exhibitors greater control over their programming schedules, lowering operating costs and enhancing the quality of the film presentation for audiences. The large capital cost of DCI equipment has meant that small, marginal cinemas have largely been excluded from this aspect of the digital revolution. However, they are not being left behind completely. The development of improved, low-cost systems for projecting films on DVD and Blu-ray disc has boosted the viability and flexibility of screenings in remote and isolated locations. This article focuses on the use of DVD projection in rural areas of Australia and examines some of the unique types of cinema enterprises that this technology is helping to support. More broadly, this article questions the veracity of claims regarding the demise of the cinema as a socially and culturally relevant place for viewing films.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: Julie Frith
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 08:27
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2024 14:30
DOI: 10.1386/sac.6.2.189_1

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