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Wanee Theater Goes Digital

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Movie theaters across the country are facing a tough decision these days.

Go digital or possibly close their doors forever.

Next year, many movie distributors will stop making 35 millimeter films, offering only digital movies instead.

The Wanee Theater in Kewanee, Ill. re-opened this weekend as a digital theater.

Owner Bud Johnson say it cost more than $100,000, but they say it was a worthwhile investment in their community.

"People in Kewanee and the surrounding areas have been very faithful to us. We try to maintain a family atmosphere so they feel comfortable coming and so they'll support us. As long as they support us, we'll keep trying to do what we do."

The National Association of Theater Owners says about 90 percent of the more than 5,000 theaters in the country have made the pricey digital switch.