Colville drive-in theater added to online equipment contest

Colville drive-in theater added to online equipment contest

Colville drive-in theater added to online equipment contest

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 10:08 AM

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.

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