Boyertown State Theatre goes digital

BOYERTOWN, Pa. - Just like a good movie can take you back in time, the Boyertown State Theatre proved the right venue can do the same.

105 years after its grand opening, Friday night brought a grand re-opening of sorts.

On the marquee, a movie that premiered just this week: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. And, for the first time in its history, it's showing a film that's fully-digital, instead of 35 millimeter film.

"Folks used to come here for the dollar and the two-dollar-50 movies, and they used to be lined up down the block like this before," said State Representative David Maloney (R-District 130).

Moviegoer Jim Trout said, "I contributed to the restoration, so I'm anxious to get in and see the new digital."

Trout and dozens of others lined up down the block. But maybe the most excited movie-goer was theatre owner Steve Maguire, who couldn't believe the line.

"Oh my God, oh my God, that's great," Maguire said with a smile. "There's not enough seats, I don't think.

"It's just a beautiful place," he added. "It's more than I thought it would be when we started. I had no idea we'd get it to this point."

Maguire bought the theatre about a year ago. But he says he can't call himself the sole owner.

"They're the residents of Boyertown. This is their theatre. I did the work for them. They own it. They're here tonight. That's the thrill."


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