Ocala Drive-In Participates in Contest
It may be the last picture show at one of North Central Florida's monuments of Americana.
The Ocala Drive-In may close if a last ditch gambit doesn't work.
Starting next year all drive-in's have to switch from film to digital projection and that $100,000 expense is just too large for the owners of Ocala Drive-In.
That's where the Honda Motor Company comes in...
Honda is sponsoring a contest called "Project Drive-In" to save a few theaters across the county by donating five digital projectors.
The owners of the Ocala drive-in are hoping to win.
"It's kind of heartbreaking. My grandfather started the union in New Orleans and was a projectionist in 1913, and we've got 100 years in the family, four generations, we're working on our fifth generation of theater projectionists and owners operators," said co-owner, Charlie Watzke.
In business for more than 60 years, the Ocala Drive-in is the only theater in Florida participating.
The contest will take place until Monday afternoon.
To vote, visit Project Drive-in.
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