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.