Local drive-in theaters compete in national contest to assist with costly upgrades

A contest sponsored by Honda aims to keep America's drive-in theaters from going extinct next year, when a digital transition could force out many of those businesses

POSTED: 03:37 PM EDT Aug 29, 2013 
Mayberry 8-29-13
MONETA, Va. -

Your votes could help several drive-in theaters in our region stay in business.

A contest called "Project Drive-In" is trying to keep America's outdoor cinemas from fading to black.

By early next year, every drive-in will have to get rid of its old 35 millimeter projectors and purchase new digital equipment. The change, which is being forced by the movie industry, will cost each theater around $80,000.

Project Drive-In will award free projectors to five theaters across the United States with the most votes.

Bob Craig, owner of the Mayberry Drive-In in Bedford County, is hoping to win.

"It would be a great help to us and to the community, because we service Lynchburg, Roanoke and a 40 mile surrounding area for the drive-in here," Craig said.

The Keysville Drive-In in Charlotte County is also competing in the contest, which is sponsored by Honda.

Click here to vote.