Midway raises just enough to buy projector

As part of our Project Drive-In roundup series a few weeks ago, we mentioned the Midway Drive-In, which sits in the middle of farmland on a now-bypassed highway between Osawatomie and Paola KS. The Midway didn’t win one of the digital projectors that Honda gave away, but now comes news that it has raised enough…

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Grand opening photo takes us back to 1950

Over in The News-Herald of Southgate MI, guest writer Wallace Hayden starts with the 1950 grand opening photo of the Fort Drive-In in nearby Wyandotte. Then Hayden, the historical librarian at the Bacon Memorial District Library, weaves a thorough, interesting tale of the Fort in particular and drive-ins in general. (You’ll have to click the link…

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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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Kansas City’s I-70 faces uncertain future

The Kansas City (MO) Business Journal ran a nice long article yesterday talking about the drive-in theater situation in the KC metropolitan area. Business is booming at all three surviving drive-ins, but two of them are facing the decision on whether to go digital or close when film runs out. Those two, Kansas City’s I-70…

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Boulevard marks 60th year of movies

KCTV, Kansas City MO’s news leader, ran a loving tribute to the Boulevard Drive-In, across the border in Kansas City KS. The occasion was the presentation of a plaque commemorating the Boulevard’s 60th year; it opened in 1954. A particularly interesting sidenote is that, according to the article, Kansas City “is the only city in…

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