Waimea Theater to open Friday

WAIMEA — A week after its digital film projector crashed, the only theater in Waimea expects to reopen Friday.

“We’re here to service the Westside community and I know it’s a definite fixture. I’ve had a 100-plus phone calls asking me what is wrong,” said Thomas Nizo, general manager for Waimea Theater. “We want everyone to know that we’re working diligently in getting back up.”

For the past few days, Waimea Theater officials attempted to change and update the projector’s firmware and was able to isolate the the part that caused the crash.

Nizo said an order to replace the part was made Tuesday. The prices for the part range from $1,800 to $4,000, he said.

“On Thursday, we have a special event at Kekaha School, so we do have a secondary projector,” Nizo said. “We can’t play Hollywood movies, but we can play DVDs and Blu Rays to support Kekaha School on Thursday.”

With six employees, Waimea Theater opened in 1998 and is home of the Waimea Film Festival’s Hawaii International Film Festival Hana Hou event.

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