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Drive-In Theatres Face Big Money Change-Over, Honda Wants to Help

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In their heyday, there were 47 drive-in theaters in Maine. Today there are only 5 left, Skowhegan Drive-In, Saco Drive-In, Prides Corner Drive-In in Westbrook, Skyline Drive-In in Madawaska and Bridgeton Twin Drive-In and they may be in trouble. Most drive-ins in the country are family operated and operating on a shoestring budget. The trouble they are facing is technology.

Movies distributed to drive-ins are on 35mm film, but that form of distribution is on the way out to be replaced by digital projection. To save their theaters, owners will have to convert to the new digital equipment at a cost of $80,000. Most drive-ins don’t have that kind of money, so car manufacturer Honda is trying to help.

Honda has started ‘Project Drive-In’ where they will provide five drive-in theaters with the new digital projectors. To find out more and to save a drive-in near you, cast a vote online at projectdrivein.com.

There only two in drive-ins in Maine that are on the list are: Prides Corner and Saco.

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