The Hutchinson (KS) News published an opinion piece with the uncontroversial assertion that “This summer you should drive up to Kanopolis to see a movie.” Sheila Lismon’s article was a celebration of the Kanopolis Drive-In, which announced on Facebook that it will reopen for another season March 8.
Any drive-in that continues showing movies in 2013 is a cause for celebration, but the Kanopolis is a special case. As documented in a 2011 Hutchinson News article, the Kanopolis had been closed for five years when a nearby family purchased and restored it to life. “It was a lot more work than I thought it would be,” said Amanda Webb, one of the owners.
That 2011 article mentions that the Kanopolis was using its original reel projectors, but that there were hopeful plans to go digital. Those plans must have come to fruition, because a December post on its Facebook page read: Still looking for that perfect Christmas present? Or do you need to get a gift for that person that seemingly has EVERYTHING? The Kanopolis Drive in is upgrading to digital and we need to clear out the vintage 35 mm equipment! All the equipment would make great additions to your home theater!
Such great news to keep our spirits high as we head into reopening (or not) season. Go read those articles and put a smile on your face!