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Owner Danny Warden checks the 35mm movie at the Twin City Drive-In in Bristol Tennessee on Friday, May 31, 2013. After decades he still splices the films together to show. Digital is coming but the cost may keep it at bay for some more time.
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Owner Danny Warden cleans the from lens of his decades old lens before the movie at the Twin City Drive-In in Bristol Tennessee on Friday, May 31, 2013.
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Some people put out blankets and some stay in car to watch the movie at the Twin City Drive-In in Bristol Tennessee on Friday, May 31, 2013.
- You Should Know
Drive-in digital conversion
Once 4,000 drive-ins stood across the U.S.Now, there are only 350.
Industry estimates the cost for digital conversion around $80,000-$100,000.
The United Drive-In Theater Owners Association says more than 50 drive-ins have converted from 35 mm film spools to digital presentations.
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To vote in the American Honda Motor Co. Project Drive-In contest, go to www.projectdrivein.com.
Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013 11:11 pm
Updated: 3:21 pm, Wed Sep 4, 2013.
BRISTOL , Tenn. — Ellen Warden flips through her calendar and looks at the movie titles posted on each weekend this summer, separating the bombs from the blockbusters. In her opinion, it was one of Twin City Drive-In Theatre’s biggest years in recent memory.
But Warden and the few remaining drive-in owners left in the U.S. are facing an expensive change that could shut some of them down. And it’s coming from the companies that supply them with the movies that flash on their screens – the move from 35mm film print projections to a crisper, clearer digital picture.
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Monday, September 2, 2013 11:11 pm.
Updated: 3:21 pm.