As much as I love my home theater, there’s still a special place in my heart for the local movie house. In the Hub, I enjoy going to both the Somerville Theater and Kendall Square Cinemas to see independent films. This past Sunday’s Boston Globe details how the move to digital projection is threatening the viability of community movie theaters. Studios are planning to phase out traditional 35mm film prints over the next couple of years. The article details the advantages of digital projection such as cost savings for the studios and improvements in quality For quality, digital can handle higher frame rates and 3D but some folks would say that film has its advantages (video) just as vinyl does over CDs. On the flip side, the high cost of the digital projectors has created a financial hardship for many independent cinemas. As a teenager, I worked as a movie theater usher and always dreaded carrying the heavy film canisters up to the projection booth (seeing all the cool equipment always made the trip worth it). While the studios will offer to subsidize the cost, it often results in the studios controlling what and when content can be shown at the theater. My other take away from the article is that the transition to digital will require a different skill set from projectionists. Thankfully, many movie houses are keeping at least one traditional projector around to show old prints. Finally, if you care about your local movie house, follow the link above and find out how you can help save your local cinema.