This is a big weekend for film fans, but the movies honored this weekend at the Oscars may be the last ones to be in theaters as actual "films."
And that’s bad news for many small neighborhood and drive-in theaters in Michigan.
A night at the neighborhood theater
The Friday night crowd is gathering in the lobby of the Sun Theater in Williamston.
Everybody seems to know everybody else at this small, one screen, neighborhood movie house. From the low ticket prices and very affordable concessions, the Sun Theater is a throwback, and that’s especially true for what’s at the top of the stairs at the rear of the theater.
35 millimeter film is flickering through a projector, which shines that night’s movie on to the silver screen.
It’s basically the way films have been shone for a hundred years, but that’s about to end.