Rural Theater Digital Conversion Grant

The Rural Theater Digital Conversion Grant is designed to assist rural theaters with the cost of converting to the new digital equipment now being required by the film industry. Both non-profit and for profit theaters can apply for funds. The available funding amount is variable and dependent on total demand and the specific theater, including theater location. Typical grant amounts will vary between $10,000 and $30,000 per theater. Requirements to receive grants include:
  • Minimum cash input of $10,000
    • Minimum 2 to 1 match for EDC Grant funds
    • Applicant must also apply for local CDBG Business Loan Fund
  • Minimum 3 hours SBDC consulting
  • Theater will need to demonstrate to the SBDC and OEDIT that it will be economically viable after the digital conversion
  • Theater must receive a technical review to ensure new equipment will function properly
  • Theater must be in a rural area where rural area equals the area outside the boundaries of a city or town of more than 20,000  in population and the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such city or town
    • Priority given to theaters in communities geographically distanced from communities with already converted theaters
 Contact Bob Todd at or 303-892-3824 with questions. You may also refer to Downtown Colorado, Inc. for additional information and resources.

The funding for this grant has closed. To join the waiting list in the event that more funds become available, please fill out the  below application by Oct. 31, 2013.

Please refer to the following definitions when filling out the application:

  • Throw Distance
    Defined as the distance measured from the lens to the screen.
  • Screen Gain
    "Gain" is the measurement of reflectivity of any screen or projection on a surface.  Screen's have a "gain" factor given in numbers ranging from 0.8 (low) to 6.0 (high)
  • Throw Ratio
    The result of dividing the distance between the projector's lens and projection screen by the width of the image being projected.  The "Flat" or "Scope" is defined by the presentation formats.  "Flat" refers to an academy wide screen.  "Scope" refers to a cinema screen.
  • Masking
    Films have extra image space on the frame that is meant to be masked off in the projection.  Masking allows limiting light from hitting the image outside of the intended area to be shown
  • Platter
    Consists of two or four large discs stacked vertically 1-2 fee apart.  The assembly/system feeds film from one disc to the projector and takes the film back from the projector on the second disk
  • Changeover System
    Interconnected electrical system syncing two reels of film