Drive-In Looks For Assistance For Projector Upgrade
There are a number of drive-in movie theaters within driving distance of the QCA and movie-goers say they love to take in the nostalgic experience. But as the industry standard moves to digital projection some of those theaters will have to make the expensive conversion or close down.
There is hope for survival.
The owner of the "Autovue Drive-In" in Galva says the estimated $140-thousand for both screens to go digital is too costly but Honda America is holding a contest called "Project Drive-In" to hook five drive-in theatres up with digital projectors.
The owner says it's a long shot, but he'd be happy if he won so people can continue to enjoy the unique atmosphere.
"I remember when it opened it, it was a dream of the fella's to get it open," said Carol Collister. "There's a lot of people that enjoy it and they enjoy being able to stay local."
The Midway Drive-In in Sterling, Illinois is also eligible for the contest.