Saturday marks the opening of the Fitton Cinema, a new theatre that will screen a wide selection of films inside Hamilton’s Fitton Center.
The current Fitton Family Theater will transition into the Fitton Cinema with each event.
“We can turn it from a fully-digital cinema back into a working, live theater, or vice versa in about a half an hour… It’s all automated, and we have a permanent fixture for the projector, so it’s installed in the upper, rear of the theater,” said Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, executive director of the Fitton Center.
The cinema, which seats about 150 people, features a 26-foot screen with surround sound.
“We’re incredibly excited about the opening of this new community cinema here in Hamilton,” MacKenzie-Thurley said. “Our focus will be on event screenings, family films, documentaries, classic and cult films as well as films that have been produced locally.”
The Fitton Cinema will be also available to rent for private screenings. Concessions like popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold at each film event, with a bar service available at adult screenings.
“Hamilton has a great history of cinema that is well documented, and we would like to be a part of that as well,” MacKenzie-Thurley said.
The Fitton Cinema opens Saturday, April 28, with an 8 p.m. screening of “Loving Vincent.” Told in hand-painted animation, “Loving Vincent” is a biographical drama that explores the circumstances of Vincent Van Gogh’s death. The award-winning film was first released in the fall of 2017.