One of THS’s current exhibits, Movie Exhibition: From Film to Digital, covers the history of projection. Coming soon will be a NEW EXHIBIT about the history of drive-in theatres, Movies in the Moonlight: The Life and Times of the American Drive-In Theatre. If you are going to be in the area on Friday, February 1st come by THS for our open house and exhibit opening. RSVP to the office at (630) 782-1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibit will run February 2013 through January 2014.
We have been hearing a lot lately about the switch to digital projectors. While the press so far has dealt mainly with indoor theatres, the focus seems to have shifted to how drive-in theatres will deal with the transition. In fact, an internet search turns up half a dozen articles published in the last week that deal with this topic specifically. Just as with ‘hardtop’ theatres, drive-ins are struggling to raise the necessary funds for the conversion. However, some sources say that the digital projector and lamp combinations have stronger lighting that’s better for the parking-lot-sized throw distances found in drive-in theatres. Either way, be sure to support your local drive-in theatre if you want the continued option to see a movie under the stars.
Drive-in theaters edge toward extinctionMichael White Published 8:08 pm, Sunday, December 30, 2012
Drive-in movie theaters that scraped by during the surge in modern multiplexes are edging closer to extinction as Hollywood phases out the 35-millimeter reels they need to show films.
Most of the remaining 368 U.S. drive-ins, down from more than 4,000 in 1958, must decide whether to pay as much as $70,000 to install digital projectors for their large outdoor screens. About 10 percent have, and the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association anticipates that studios will move to electronic delivery only as soon as the end of next year.
To read more: http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Drive-in-theaters-edge-toward-extinction-4156170.php#photo-3956814
Thanks to THS member Terry Monohan for sending us this story.