From LA: Digital projection has drive-in movie theaters reeling

From the Los Angeles Times:

Digital projection has drive-in movie theaters reeling
By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times | posted January 19, 2013, 6:00 a.m.

“Studios are moving to stop distributing 35-millimeter film prints. Converting to digital is an expense many theaters in the fading drive-in industry can’t afford.

As the night grew darker, a cold wind whipped across the asphalt expanse of the vintage Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre in Riverside. A howling gust banged open the door to the snack bar, where hot dogs glistened on metal spits and the black-and-white linoleum floor gleamed.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” flickered to life on the colossal screen — for an audience of eight cars.

This time of year is always slow at drive-in theaters, which have been struggling with declining attendance for decades. But it’s not just cold weather that has made this a winter of discontent. The digital revolution is here, and that could mean lights out for many of the nation’s 368 surviving drive-ins… (read the entire article at

Thank you THS members Bill Longen  & Terry Monohan (San Francisco, CA) for passing on the article!

Don’t forget! Our new exhibit MOVIES IN THE MOONLIGHT: The Life and Times of the American Drive-In Movie Theatre, opens on February 1st here at THS Headquarters. The exhibit will be on display until January of 2014, so if you are in the area, make sure to stop by.

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