WAPAKONETA — As manager of the Wapa Theater, Becky Jordan saw her job drastically change at the end of 2013.
It was the deadline for all movie theaters to switch from 35-millimeter film to digital projectors. It was a move that forced many small-town theaters to close because of cost, but Jordan said she was lucky to work for an owner who loves his town and wanted to continue to offer another entertainment venue.
The digital projectors have made Jordan’s life easier. A film is purchased for a specified length of time, and all of the times are programmed in once the movie is received. There’s no turning it on or turning it off. The projector shuts off on its own.
“We have a lot more time to do the other things we need to do,” Jordan said.
Those other things are heavily dependent on the turnout any particular night, which can be anywhere from 30 to several hundred. Workers keep popping the popcorn with the theater’s special offer of $1 tub refills.
Jordan counts the money made for the day to be deposited. Other than keeping the candy shelves stocked and seeing people in and out, the technological era has made her job much easier.