Midway raises just enough to buy projector

Midway Drive-In screen

photo by Jim Good, used by permission

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 money to get a loan to buy one, ensuring that the Midway will reopen in spring 2014.

According to The Kansas City (MO) Star and WDAF, Kansas City’s news leader, Osawatomie City Councilwoman Tamara Maichel organized the Midway Drive-In Digital Fund to raise money for the conversion. And earlier this week, Maichel posted that the Fund had raised over $14,000, enough for a down payment on a digital projector.

According to the post, “Midway Drive-In has to be up and running by the end of the year, due to taxes, incentives, and discounts from Sonic Equipment. The owners needed to get a loan.”

Midway owners Paul and Anna Dimoush said they were able to get a loan for the projector from Paola’s Citizens State Bank .“We’ll probably get it installed and run some movies through it to make sure it works before next season,” Paul Dimoush said.

The 330-car drive-in has been around since at least 1955, when the Theatre Catalog listed its operator as Mid-Central Theaters. Let’s hope it stays in operation for at least another 60 years.