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Burney Community Needs Help Saving Two Historic Theaters

Published On: Apr 26 2013 07:40:51 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 26 2013 08:01:42 PM CDT
BURNEY, Calif. -

As digital film becomes to new normal, the historic movie theaters in Burney and Fall River Mills are in danger of aging out.

The two theaters project their movies using actual film but by the end of this year everything will be digital and film will no longer be available.

Theater owner Donna Sylvester said it is about $90,000 to upgrade the equipment to digital – a hefty sum for the small theaters.

The Burney theater has been there since 1940 and the Fall River Mills location has been there since 1941.

Sylvester said it would be a huge loss if they cannot raise enough money.

"This is one of the main, if not the main, places to come and enjoy your entertainment so it would be really tragic to lose the movies in town," she said. "The building would still be here but it'd be so sad if it was empty."

The community is so passionate about saving the theaters, they formed a group called "Reel Changes." Together, they are putting on fundraisers to raise money for the theaters.

One of the fundraisers is going on Sun., Apr. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. It is being held at the Rex Club in Burney and they are calling it Tiffany Blue and Bling.

There will be food, drinks and a "bling" fashion show, featuring jewelry and accessories.

For more information on how you can help save the theaters, you can call either theater, Tara Travel, Plumas Bank, Tri Counties Bank or Annie's Place, all of which are located in Burney.