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Auditorium prepares for public movie screenings

Local movie buffs will have a unique opportunity to comfortably view a variety of award-winning family oriented films at the Ludlow Auditorium starting later this year.

Media projection equipment, funded by generous donations from local residents, will be installed in the Ludlow Auditorium to screen classic and recent family films. The screenings will be open to the public. In addition to donations, a money award for the film program was approved by voters during the 2010 Ludlow Town Meeting.

According to Ralph Pace, chairman of FOLA, the Friends of Ludlow Auditorium, Rutland independent-filmmaker David Giancola's Edgewood Studios provided the hardware. Edgewood will return to the auditorium during the fall to set up the equipment. The equipment, including a projector, is designed to project films onto a large screen. The screen was funded by Ludlow taxpayers.

"All we need now is about $1,000 to enable us to finalize the legal requirements for displaying copyrighted films and purchase a popcorn machine to make everyone feel at home at the movies," Pace said.

A special movie committee is already preparing a list of appropriate films to offer as well as public screening dates.

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