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It's not over for local drive-ins yet

September 16, 2013|by Adam Knapp | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

None of the drive-in theaters from Kansas received enough votes for a new digital projector in nation-wide contest - but there is new hope.

"Project Drive-In," sponsored by Honda, has extended its contest and will give away an additional four projectors. So the voting will continue through Saturday, Sept. 21.

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The three Kansas theaters in the contest are the Star-Vu Drive-In in El Dorado, the Pageant Drive-in in Medicine Lodge and the Mid-Way Drive-In in Osawatomie.

Amanda Baker, president of the Star Vu Committee, said she got an email on Sunday informing her that the contest had been extended.

"I'm excited and I'm very hopeful," Baker said. "I just really hope people get out and vote, because that's the most important thing."

People can vote twice a day - once online and once through text messaging.

Baker said Honda is keeping all the prior votes from the contest, which started in the summer. However, she has no idea where the Star-Vu ranks with the other drive-ins.


Digitial projectors cost approximately $80,000. Drive-in theaters must make the transition to digitial by the end of the year, because movies will stop being released on 35-millimeter film.

The Starlite Drive-In in Wichita has already made the transition to digitial with the help of private donations.

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