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Cast your vote to help save a Kansas drive-in theater

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 7:39 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 2:04 p.m.

The state’s second-oldest drive-in movie theater, El Dorado’s Star-Vu Drive-in, is part of a national competition to win a free digital projector.

People have until Sept. 9 to go online and vote for the Butler County theater. The voting competition is part of an effort underway to help save some of the more than 360 drive-in theaters across the nation by helping them convert to digital projection.

Nationally, Honda is donating five digital projectors to the effort, according to a news release from Roger Scholfield at Scholfield Honda.

The cost for a drive-in to convert to digital is roughly $80,000, the release said, and some of the owners of smaller theaters can’t always afford the transition. By the end of 2013, drive-in theaters with older cinema projectors will no longer be able to show movies.

The Star-Vu opened in 1949 but has been closed this summer, according to the release. Two other drive-ins in Kansas are also in the voting competition: the Pageant Drive-in in Medicine Lodge and the Midway Drive-in in Osawatomie.

People can vote on the national website for which drive-in theater they would like to see get a free digital projector. For more information, go to www.projectdrivein.com.

And in case you’re wondering about Wichita’s drive-in theater: The Starlite Drive-in on South Hydraulic already has converted to digital and is not in the competition.

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