PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- At the end of the year, movies will no longer be produced on 35 millimeter film. That could cause many drive-ins to close because of the expense of converting to a digital system.
The Saco Drive-in and Pride's Corner Drive-in are two facilities that are campaigning for help to stay open. Honda is running a national contest called Project Drive-In. Fans can log on and vote for their favorite drive-in. The top five vote getters will win a new digital projection system.
The project is multi-faceted. Leaders are trying to get people to spread the word, pledge to go to a drive-in movie this summer or even make a donation. However, voting could be the biggest contribution because digital projection systems are $75,000.
Ry Russell who leased the theatre three years ago is leading the campaign in Saco, Maine. His operation netted $1200 for the entire summer two years ago. "It isn't about the money," said Russell.
There are five drive-ins in Maine; Bridgton, Skylight in Madawaska, Saco, Skowhegan, and Pride's Corner in Westbrook. Fans are encouraged to click on the link and vote for their favorite drive-in.