Enjoy Sarasota FL’s drive-in history

Jeff Lahurd gave us all a present in the Sunday edition of the Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune. Lahurd outlined what might be the full history of the five drive-in theaters in Sarasota and the three in nearby Bradenton. Although the article often veers into explanations for those poor souls who have never experienced a drive-in, it…

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Meet the final (?) four winners of Project Drive-In

Today, Honda announced four more winners of its Project Drive-In contest to award digital projection systems. The latest lucky drive-ins include: Ocala Drive-In, Ocala FL, the only Florida entrant in the contest. Starlite Drive-In, Cadet MO, which somehow escaped our seemingly exhaustive four-part list of news stories about the candidates. Monetta Drive-In, Monetta SC, The…

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Project Drive-In roundup 4: The list that wouldn’t die

In the third installment of our roundup of candidates for Honda’s Project Drive-In, I predicted that Honda would choose more than five lucky recipients of digital projectors. What I really didn’t anticipate was that Honda would reopen voting for the second set of winners. With another round of voting comes another round of candidates that…

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Project Drive-In roundup 3: Dark of the screen

I warned you that it might come to this. With less than a week left in Honda’s Project Drive-In voting period, I’ve found media reports about a few more of the candidates. Here’s something confusing: Some of those media reports only partially duplicate other reports. That is, if a new story lists drive-ins A, B,…

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Blue Starlite concept about to spead

A few months ago, I had to admit that I wasn’t sure whether the Blue Starlite in Austin TX is a real drive-in. I’m still sure that “drive-in nights” in the park with temporary screens and no cars definitely aren’t drive-ins. The Blue Starlite’s screen still looks pretty temporary, but they play movies every week…

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Joy-Lan shows you can’t be too old to go digital

The Tampa (FL) Tribune gave us a piece of good news this week. The Joy-Lan Drive-In of Dade City has made the conversion to digital projection thanks to its owner, 83-year-old Harold Spears. You really should read the article for its full collection of quotes and wisdom from Spears, who’s been in the drive-in industry…

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