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Midway fails in projector contest

9 locations chosen, only one in Illinois

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

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.

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