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Hollywood fundraiser draws a crowd

Hollywood actor and Lake Placid resident James Tolkan, seated, signs an autograph for Sue Pulitzer, which she got for her son, Chip. Tolkan was there to support the Hollywood Theatre in Au Sable Forks, which is seeking to transition to digital cinema as part of the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign.

Hollywood actor and Lake Placid resident James Tolkan, seated, signs an autograph for Sue Pulitzer, which she got for her son, Chip. Tolkan was there to support the Hollywood Theatre in Au Sable Forks, which is seeking to transition to digital cinema as part of the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The fundraiser is part of a nationwide “Go Digital or Go Dark” campaign. Movie theaters are being asked to make the transition from standard film to digital cinema, which requires new projectors, screens and sound systems. While many major cineplexes can meet the price associated with the change, smaller theaters around the country have been struggling to do so.

“Originally, the change was supposed to be made by this fall,” Hanf said. “We are starting to get the feeling from people that we are talking to that we are going to get through the winter season to change over, but we don’t really know and probably will not know until it happens.”

Hanf said that the community has been very supportive of the cause.

“We have had a lot of moral support,” she said. “It has been absolutely wonderful. Everyone asks us what they can do.”

“Anything that anybody can do to keep this landmark open in this community is helpful,” Douglas added.

Along with the fundraiser, money for the digital switch is being raised through the Adirondack North Country Association. Those interested in an online donation can visit the website razoo.com/story/Save-The-Hollywood or adirondack.org. Donations can also be made at the Hollywood Theater in Au Sable Forks.

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