Midway fails in projector contest
9 locations chosen, only one in Illinois
DIXON – The Midway Drive-In is not yet going digital.
In an effort “to preserve an iconic part of American car culture,” Honda donated nine digital projectors to drive-ins that gained the most votes in an online contest.
The last four winners were announced Monday: Stateline Drive-In in Elizabethton, Tenn., Starlite Drive-In in Cadet, Mo., Monetta Drive-In in Monetta, S.C. and Ocala Drive-In in Ocala, Fla.
Honda announced five others previously, including one in McHenry, then gave more drive-ins another chance to win.
Vote tallies were not shared.
Drive-in theaters nationwide are facing closure because the movie industry is switching from film to digital projectors, which cost about $80,000.
Mike and Mia Kerz, owners of the 63-year-old Midway Drive-In between Sterling and Dixon, said they would need $125,000 to make the switch, which includes upgrading the projector room.
They started their own fundraising campaign last fall, but fell far short of their initial $40,000 goal, raising only $7,536. Since it was a Kickstarter campaign, those donations were not made.
Go to www.midwaydrivein.com for more information.