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Staving off the last picture show

Co-owners Andrew Mungo and Nancy Langsam at the Screening Room in Newburyport, which is shifting its equipment to a digital format.
Co-owners Andrew Mungo and Nancy Langsam at the Screening Room in Newburyport, which is shifting its equipment to a digital format.Credit: Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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NEWBURYPORT — The Screening Room needs moviegoers to drop a little cash in the (popcorn) bucket. The 99-seat movie theater at 82 State St. here has shown art house and indie films, documentaries, and other offbeat fare since 1982. Now the owners need to raise about $60,000 to convert to digital projection this fall, as 35mm film goes the way of VHS and 8-track tapes.

“The dawning realization has been gradual over the last couple of years,” said co-owner Andrew Mungo, the face of the theater to most patrons. “We knew that the change was coming.”

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