Vintage businesses face struggle with changing technologies

By Eric Finkler

Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE, MI – As the years go by small, historic businesses struggle to continue with technology updates. Chuck Pantera, brought up the issue up at Monday’s city council meeting as the owner of the Sun Theater, a small, vintage movie venue of Grand Ledge. Changing of the medium:

The movie industry is no longer supporting film because of its cost and is switching to only digital film. For small time theater owners like Pantera, these costs could mean the end of his business. Changing the 35 millimeter film projector into digital film will cost Pantera more around $64,000 and at his current ticket price of $2 per ticket he doesn’t think he will gain enough profit to pay for the transfer and worries it will cause the theatre to go out of business.