This autumn will see some radical, but behind the scenes, changes for the Aboyne and Deeside Festival.
The festival has been showing films throughout the year in the Aboyne Theatre for over fifteen years using high quality 35mm reel to reel film equipment and has built up a reputation for providing a high quality cinema experience. However, with the coming of more accessible cutting edge digital technology and the phasing out of 35mm film by distributors, the festival is changing this autumn to digital only cinema.
Chris Sawyer, chairman of the Aboyne and Deeside Festival, said: “There is something evocative, even romantic, about 35mm or reel to reel film and there are some who will no doubt regret the passing of that medium, but technology is marching forward and cinemas need to track these developments if they are to continue showing the latest films.
“This is why we are switching now to digital cinema, and are delighted to be working with our long-term partners Film Mobile Scotland to deliver this to our audience.”
The cinema programme in Aboyne for October and November, all of which will be screened digitally, includes “Step Up Revolution” (5.30pm on Friday, October 12), two showings of “Anna Karenina” (7.30pm on Friday 12th and October 26), “Brave” (5.30pm on Friday, October 26), “Paranorman” (5.30pm, Friday, November 9) and “Hope Springs” (7.30pm, November 9).
Mr Sawyer added: “The provision of digital film in a theatre setting presents a number of challenges to small, regional cinemas.
“The screen, the projection equipment and the sound equipment all require to be modified or changed completely and we will soon need to consider the options for acquiring and installing the Festival’s own digital equipment. If we don’t do this, we will be increasingly reliant upon our ability to hire equipment which ultimately means higher ticket prices for the audience.
“Our aim is to provide a cost-efficient and up to the minute alternative to the cinemas in Aberdeen and beyond, so we will be looking at funding options in the New Year.”
Tickets, priced at £5 for 5.30pm shows and £6 for 7.30pm shows, can be obtained from the box office in the Deeside Community Centre, Aboyne or on 013398 86222.