COLVILLE, Wash.-- A drive-in movie theater in Colville was added to a national contest Thursday to compete for new digital equipment.
VOTE: Project Drive-In
A Honda sponsored Project Drive-In which launched Friday, August 9th to help aging drive-in theaters. However, the Auto-Vue Theater was not on the original list of theaters to vote for online.
The owner of Auto-Vue, Steve Wisner said he made a mistake which kept him out of the contest. He had failed to submit a video clip and a short essay. On Thursday, the mistake w as corrected and Auto-Vue was added to the competition for a digital projector.
Project Drive-In was created to give away digital projection systems to five drive-in theater owners because soon the film industry will no longer distribute 35-millimeter film to theaters to show movies. Each projector costs about $80,000.
CONNECT: Auto-Vue’s Facebook page
Auto-Vue supporters can vote online at Project Drive-In or send a text message. Text “Vote99” to 444999.
More than 60 drive-in theaters from across the country have registered for the online contest. Voting ends Sunday, September 8th.
Wisner said he needs more than $186,000 to keep Auto-Vue open. The money would buy a digital project and pay for other upgrades according to Wisner. He said the screen and a fence also need to be replaced.
DONATE: Auto-Vue’s fundraiser
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.