Springfield, Mo. -- Unwinding a film reel and threading it through a projector is the technique that has allowed people to watch movies on the big screen for decades. But a landmark change in the film industry could change that. And that change could put many, locally-owned theaters out of business, including one theater in Springfield.
"They're saying in 2013 they're no longer going to be making 35 millimeter film prints. Even though our projectors work, they'll not be able to show any new movies," said Mike Stevens, the Executive Director of Moxie Cinema in Downtown Springfield.
Moxie Cinema is a not-for-profit that features foreign films, documentaries, and acclaimed independent films that you can not see anywhere else in the area.
"It is a community-minded theater. The mission is to improve the quality of life in Springfield through film," Stevens said.
The digital transition is the biggest change for film industry since silent movies switched over to talkies adding sound in the 1930s.