COLVILLE, Wash.-- Voting began at noon Friday in a national contest created to save drive-in movie theaters. The owner of a Colville drive-in theater planned to enter. Yet, on Friday he admitted to KREM 2 News that an “unfortunate mistake” kept him out of the online contest.
Kelly Martinez’s father owns the drive in. Martinez said she wasn’t aware the theaters appearing in the competition were supposed to submit a video clip and a short essay.
“It isn't Honda's fault, it was really our fault for not knowing that needed to be done beforehand,” Martinez said.
More than 60 drive-in theaters from across the country have registered for the online contest.
However, the Auto Vue Theater in Colville was not selected for Project Drive-In. Honda created the online voting contest to give away five digital projection systems. Each projector costs about $80,000.
The owner of the Auto Vue Theater needs $186,000 to purchase a digital projector and make other upgrades. The upgraded is needed because the film industry will no longer distribute 35-millimeter film to theaters to show movies.
Wisner also launched his own online campaign to save Auto Vue. He began raising money online in early July. He raised more than $3,705 as of August 9th. Donations can also be made at the theater’s Facebook page or at any Key Bank.
A new projector is not the only thing needed at the 60-year-old Colville drive-in. The six-story high screen and a fence also need to be replaced according to Wisner.