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Local drive-in theaters in contest to win digital projector

By: Kerri Corrado

PORTAGE, Pa.

All of the major motion picture studios are moving to eliminate film by the end of the year, Dustin Grush said, who works at Bar-Ann Drive-In in Portage.

Local drive-ins have to switch from film to digital.  Grush says this change is in hopes to reduce costs and have sharper picture quality. Although, the switch will cost big bucks.

The conversion costs roughly $80,000 and Honda Motor Company heard about the drive-ins going digital and wanted to get involved.

They created Project Drive-In involving drive-in movie theaters all over the country, including Barr-Ann Drive-In, Silver Drive-In at Richland and Moonlight Drive-In at Brookville.

Based on votes, the top five drive-in theaters will get a free digital projector. Many relying on this contest to keep their business thriving.

But there are some that are not going to be able to afford this, closing their doors by the end of the year, Grush said.

He says if the contest does not go in their favor, than they will have to decide whether or not to make the transition or shut the business down.

Overall, Grush says many people are hoping the doors stay open.

Keeping this drive-in alive is part of the area, he said.

Here is the link to vote:  www.projectdrivein.com

 
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