Chamber board joins Stateline drive

10:00 am | August 16, 2013

The Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has pledged to help spread the word about an Photo by Brandon Hicksonline contest to gain a digital projector for the Stateline Drive-In.

The Stateline Drive-In is one of about 80 drive-in movie theaters chosen to be a part of Project Drive-In, sponsored by Honda. Through the contest, people can vote online or by text once per day until Sept. 9. The top five drive-ins with the most votes will receive a digital projector, which will soon be the only way to show movies.

In an article published in the STAR on Aug. 14, Stateline Drive-In owner Andy Wetzel said winning the contest was likely the only way to keep the drive-in open.

3A drive-in-long-line copy“If we don’t do this, the theater is closing; it’s done,” Wetzel said. “I can’t afford it.”

The cost to convert from the traditional film projector to digital is around $80,000 for the equipment and another $20,000 for renovations to the building to support the switch.

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