New Mexico Museum of Space History IMAX Dome looking into digital switch

January 8, 2013 – 11:42 am

The Alamogordo Daily News writes:

A proposed injection of quality-of-life money from the city of Alamogordo would allow the IMAX theater to upgrade to digital equipment, which city leaders hope will result in an increased tourist presence at the theater and nearby space museum.

The Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Theater and Planetarium has been using projection equipment installed in 1983, which will become obsolete as the film industry moves to a digital-based format.

Cathy Harper, public relations director for the New Mexico Museum of Space History, which operates the theater, said the theater will be forced to use aging film prints as the industry moves away from large format film.

“As they continue to be used, they will deteriorate,” Harper said. “At some point, there just won’t be any.”

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