A group has organized to try to raise money to assist Tioga County's only movie theater to make the transition to a digital projection system.

Phoebe Morris, a member of the Friends of the Tioga Theater organization, says supporters of the Owego business have launched a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of making the change.

Morris says the movie industry is moving to distribute future films digitally. Many small independent theaters are finding it difficult to pay for the new high-tech projection systems.

Morris says area residents are working to assist theater operator Terry Coleman with the transition project.

The Main Street theater sustained heavy damage as a result of the 2011 flood. Repairs were made enabling the business to reopen.

Morris says the community group has been raising money through a campaign set up through the Kickstarter website. You can view information about the theater's history and the effort to save it by viewing the site here.

Morris says the group hopes its work will help keep the theater open.

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