MIDDLETOWN WELCOMES RC THEATERS: DEPARTURE OF PREVIOUS CINEMA MOURNED BY FEW
For years, Middletown residents have put up with the many liabilities of its local cinema on Main Street. Everybody has a story about this. The company's projectionists often cut off the sides or bottoms of the movie. The speakers in many of the theaters were blown, creating a curious, garbled version of stereo. Focus, as an acquaintance of this reporter once put it, seemed to be an unattainable ideal.
Serious moviegoers in the area ventured to Southington for a real movie experience, an intense, digital movie experience with excellent and balanced sound.
But there is good news on the horizon: as those of you who have ventured downtown know, there is a new show in town: RC Theaters.
For the first time in the digital era in which we all live, Middletown will have a proper theater complex. By the end of August, according to David Phillips of RC Theaters, the company not only plans to covert to crisp digital projection; it will transform some of the smaller rooms into larger spaces and add much better screens. RC Theaters is also undertaking a major upgrade of the sound systems in each theater; this is at least as important as the visual upgrade.
This reporter is happy to say that the viewing experience is already far superior to what it was.
In addition to the overall improvement of the cinema facilities, RC is in the midst of a comprehensive hygiene upgrade which, once again according to the RC spokesperson, includes a good deal of interior scrubbing and mopping, as well as new paint, new lighting, and new carpeting.
RC has clearly done its demographic homework as well. RC has plans for screening independent films as well as becoming a home for the very popular Met Opera Live series (http://www.fathomevents.com/performingarts/series/themetopera.aspx).
This reporter will file another report after the digital screening rooms come on line later in the month.