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by Bryce J. Renninger
March 22, 2013 10:04 AM
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Watch: Vermont Father and Son Make the Digital Transition At Their Theaters

Merrill Jarvis III and Merrill Jarvis 7DVT
As theaters across the country -- from big cities to small towns -- are being forced to switch over to digital protection or go out of business, owners of theaters, intimately acquainted with the projectors they've had for years, are getting sentimental about getting rid of their beloved machines.

CBS affiliate WDVT in Burlington, Vermont, has profiled two men, Merrill Jarvis and Merrill Jarvis III, father and son, who owned many of the movie theaters and drive-ins in Burlington and nearby towns over the past several decades.

READ MORE: From Yellow Springs, Ohio to Los Angeles: Three Ways Small Arthouses are Saving Up for the Digital Transition

Check out a segment from the show "Stuck in Vermont" about the Merrills from their history as local movie businessmen to now, as they get ready to disassemble their 35mm projectors and switch completely over to digital.

For a good read about the family, visit the 7DVT profile of them here.  The "Stuck in Vermont" segment is below:

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2 Comments

  • JPIV | April 16, 2013 2:58 PMReply

    found out about this from colin trevorrow from twittER HES DIRECTING JPIV

  • Eva Sollberger | March 29, 2013 2:33 PMReply

    Hello and thanks very much for this post! It's great to share this very Vermont story with a wider audience.

    I just wanted to clarify a few errors:

    1. The photo is courtesy of Seven Days, not 7DTV.
    2. Alt weekly Seven Days profiled the Jarvises, not CBS affiliate WDVT. A version of this video did, however, air on CBS affiliate WCAX.
    3. The link to the article is missing: Dream Machines: The End of Reel Film Is Nigh, but a Local Movie-House Dynasty Is Going Strong

    Thanks very much!
    Eva, Creator of Stuck in VT