Elizabethton drive-in gets digital projector

A drive-in movie theater in Elizabethton is one of nine across the country to receive a new digital projector that will help it stay in business.

In this July 20, 2013 photo, Alex Lockhart, left, and Mikayla Green, both of Newark, watch the sunset while waiting for the movie to start at the Skyview drive-in theater in Lancaster, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A drive-in movie theater in Elizabethton is one of nine across the country to receive a new digital projector that will help it stay in business.

Movie studios are phasing out 35 mm film prints, requiring theaters to convert to digital projectors at a cost of $70,000 or more per screen. Many drive-in theaters are family-run operations that do most their business in the summer, and some owners say they simply can't afford to change over.

Honda Motor Co. sponsored the Project Drive-In contest to help save theaters facing closure. Last week it named five winning theaters to receive digital projectors. This week, the company named four more winners, including Elizabethton's Stateline Drive-In.

Honda says it will continue raising money for the project through the crowd funding website Indiegogo.com


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