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Priest Theatre Now Has New Digital Projector

By on December 12th, 2013
Janet Alligood, owner of Priest Theater, said the movie projector from 1944 will be switch to a digital server and computer-based projector. The renovations come after they raise funds using Kickstarter.

Kathryn Bonti / WUFT News

Janet Alligood, owner of Priest Theatre, said the movie projector from 1944 will be switch to a digital server and computer-based projector. The renovations come after they raise funds using Kickstarter.

After setting up a Kickstarter Program and receiving more than $87,000 from across the nation, Priest Theatre in High Springs prepared for the renovations ahead.

“Our community expressed concern for our theatre. They made petitions and really rallied behind us. I thought to myself we at least have to give it a chance because the least we can do is fail,” said Janet Alligood, Priest Theatre owner.

The biggest renovations included adding stability underneath the floors, repairing the roof, getting new lights, and fixing some loose bricks. But the most costly renovation was switching out the movie projector from 1944, to a digital server and computer-based projector.

“We spent over 80 hours that week switching everything out because it wasn’t simply the projector,” Alligood said. “In order to have the best quality, we had to switch the screen, speakers, lights and projector all simultaneously.”

Alligood family has future plans for Priest Theatre.

After a few smaller renovations like carpeting and curtains, the Alligood family is hoping to add balcony seats and using a former Vaudeville stage for community shows and concerts.


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