• One of the uglier logos yet designed for DCP

In my ongoing look at the conversion from celluloid movie exhibition to DCP (digital cinema package), I recently stopped by the Gene Siskel Film Center to check out its current set-up. The projection booth at the Siskel can accommodate multiple formats—not just film and DCP, but, as head projectionist Brendan Doherty showed me, everything from Quicktime files to old videocassettes. Because the theater built its reputation on diverse programming—which continues to range from silent cinema to new releases and studio productions to avant-garde projects—it doesn’t face the same pressure to entirely abandon 35-millimeter projectors that multiplexes do. Of course, converting to new technology poses challenges to everyone, and Doherty was open enough to discuss some of them when giving me a tour of the booth. Our conversation follows the jump.