12:05PM, Friday 15 February 2013
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts unveiled its new £60,000 state-of-the-art digital film projector at a sell-out screening of the hit movie Quartet last night.
The centre is one of the first venues in Europe to be equipped with the Sony 4K digital film projector, according to a Sony spokesman, and its installation follows a year-long fundraising effort by a team of volunteers, led by Norden Farm supporters Keith Bell and Harry Wale, who secured money from a variety of sources, including Baylis Media, Grants for the Arts and the Foyle Foundation.
Mr Bell and Mr Wale were at the screening, along with Tim Potter, of Sony Digital Cinema, who said the projector had come on to the European market only in the last few weeks.
"This is the best visual presentation you can get in cinema today," he said.
The new projector will give the centre the chance to show a greater range of films, which are increasingly only available in digital format, and to relay performances live from venues such as the Glyndebourne Festival and the Royal Opera House.
The old projector, with its old reels of 35mm film, which the centre used for the last 10 years, is now on display in the foyer of the venue in Altwood Road, Maidenhead.
Norden Farm patrons are now turning their attention to fundraising for a new screen, a lens for 3D films and more comfortable seats.