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Friday, September 27, 2013

Screens Go Dark At Drive-Ins Across The Country

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By the end of 2013, most major film companies will stop offering movies on 35-millimeter film reels.

That’s no problem for multiplexes, which can afford digital projectors at about $100,000 each, but most small drive-in theaters are unable to afford the digital transition.

To save a lucky few, Honda Motor company launched “Project Drive-in” this summer, promising a digital projector to the top voted drive-ins across the country.

Nine walked away with brand new equipment and a second chance. But what about the theaters that didn’t win?

Here & Now talks with the owner of the Apache Drive-In in Globe, Arizona — the last single-screen drive-in the state. After 60 years, the screen will go dark.

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  • Bob Hollis, owner of the Apache Drive-In in Globe, Arizona.

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