The owner of the Auto-Vue Drive-In in Colville WA told the Spokane Spokesman that 2013 will be its final season. Because of the digital projection conversion it would require to continue, the Auto-Vue will close for good after Labor Day weekend.
Steve Wisner said the Auto-Vue is still profitable, but it would take over $170,000 in improvements to the projector and screen to show digital movies. “Technology has just drove us out,” he said. “We’d have to upgrade to new digital and we cannot afford it.”
Wisner also owns the indoor Alpine Theater in Colville, and has upgraded that theater for digital projection. But the drive-in land will set idle; Wisner said he might use it to grow hops. For more, including some nice quotes from the head of the United Drive-In Theater Owners Association, go check out the full story in The Spokesman.