Saco Drive In going strong after new projector

SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thanks to the strong campaigning of thousands, visitors of the Saco Drive In are still enjoying the big screen this summer. The 75-year-old Drive In won a national contest last year that paid for the $100,000 conversion to digital.

The second oldest drive in in the country found out last summer that if it did not make the change to a digital projector, films being released would no longer be compatible with it's 40-year-old projector. With the help of locals the Saco attraction was able to win a national contest through Honda called Save The Drive In Campaign. Without that Manager, Ry Russell, says he would have been without a job.

"That conversion would cost roughly about $115,000. $75,000 for the projector alone," said Russell. "So that's just something that this small theater could not do.

With the new projector, visitors like Dan Ducharme have enjoyed double features with their families all summer. An outdoor experience that's getting harder and harder to find.

"It's like a tradition that needs to stick around. You can go to a movie theater anywhere but there's not a lot of these around," said Ducharme.

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