If you have the "Fox News" app there is a nice little piece about the latest challenge that drive-in owners are facing...the phasing out of 35mm film. Theatre owners nationwide have been scrambling to replace traditional movie projectors with modern digital replacements...very expensive digital replacements. Of the 360 remaining drive-ins in the U.S., only half have been able to pony up the big bucks for the upgrade. Both of my local DI's made the switch last year and thankfully so. As a former projectionist I used to be anti digital all the way. Now, I can't imagine watching movies in any other format. We still have one "film"house left in our area. After a watching a movie there and comparing it to a digital presentation, it's like comparing analog tv with high definition. To think that was the acceptable way to watch films for so many decades is hard to believe.
I know what you mean. It is terribly, terribly sad that the digital change is such a financial strain for the drive ins. However I like you have had the opportunity to sort of compare the two and the digital is much better no doubt.
Also there are 4 drive ins left in western Washington 3 of them have converted to digital, with one the three being a three screen. The three screen has stated that the summer of 2013 was the best year on record for them ever! They had such a great summer that they ran into October, and plan to reopen in March. Their typical season has been May - September. So it must have been one heck of a summer for them. I really think that the DI's that are able to get though the conversion will get a new lease on life.