When the Palace Theater screens the classic movie “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” this Saturday night, theater-goers are in for a very special treat.

The Palace has recently upgraded its projection capabilities with the addition of a new digital video player, capable of showing a variety of media on the screen with vivid, digital quality imaging and superb sound.

The new video projection system came with a price tag of $5,000, but will reap benefits for sometime to come for the Palace and the community.

“We haven’t been able to do video projection unless we borrowed equipment from someone,” Lloyd Huffman said. Huffman headed up the project to acquire and install the new equipment.

“We’ve had a lot of requests for that from groups using the Palace, and now we can do that. Some of the new movies that are being released are only available in ‘DVD’ format. We can show those now with digital quality,” Huffman said.

Huffman added that the acquisition opens up the possibility of holding corporate meetings and presentations at the Palace. The new equipment will allow them to project computer presentations on the theater screen.

Closed circuit television broadcasts and special video events could also be shown using the new projection equipment.

“Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder, will be presented Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace. All tickets are $5 and will be available at the door, or by contacting the Palace Theater at (903) 872-5411.

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Bob Belcher may be contacted via e-mail at belcher@corsicanadailysun.com.

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