Van Wert Cinemas Director of Operation Ron Dunn looks over a new piece of digital equipment which will be in operation by this spring. The new equipment will enable the cinemas to show digital and 3D movies. (Photo submitted)
Van Wert Cinemas Director of Operation Ron Dunn looks over a new piece of digital equipment which will be in operation by this spring. The new equipment will enable the cinemas to show digital and 3D movies. (Photo submitted)
 VAN WERT - The movie industry is always developing and changing, and the industry has dictated to Van Wert Cinemas that it is time for them to make a change as well. The Van Wert population has expressed a desire to have 3D movies come to the cinema, and that is exactly what is happening. Digital 3D movies will be coming to the Van Wert cinemas very soon, hopefully within the next 90 days.

There is a lot of new technology needed to bring digital 3D movies in Van Wert. Ron Dunn, director of operations for Van Wert Cinemas said, "We have already purchased for Van Wert a digital 3D projector for cinema one and a digital projector for cinema two. We do have Digital 3D on the premises here. We are still waiting on some more software and hardware, but we would like to see it up by spring."

Also, Digital 3D has been purchased for screen one at the Van-Del Drive-In. Dunn hopes that the Digital 3D will be up and running in Van Wert Cinemas before the Van-Del opens for the upcoming season. With the way things are going, there is a good probability that this will happen.

3D movies in Van Wert will be very similar to 3D movies any other place. Admission prices for 3D films will be slightly higher, just like all other theaters. While ticket prices have not been set, Dunn commented that prices still will be cheaper than other places such as Lima and Ft. Wayne. There will also be 3D glasses available for these movies. More than likely there will not be a deposit charged, as long as people deposit the glasses at the end of the movie to be cleaned and reused.
Digital movies have streamlined the business. For Van Wert Cinemas, using digital technology will make movies easier to book locally, will help with the showing times, and will make it possible to play a movie in multiple cinemas at one time. Digital is phasing out 35 mm film, which the theater is still currently using in Van Wert. It is the goal to have the digital up and running for the upcoming movie, Hunger Games. That picture has already been booked in 35 mm film and will have a midnight showing, but Dunn is still hoping that digital will be possible by that time.

Dunn said, "You never know what the future will bring. It's just a matter of everything coming together. Mr. Boyd has been very meticulous and looking for the right equipment at the right price. I really look for a big change in the way movies are presented in Van Wert and at the Van-Del."