The end of 35mm film distribution by the close of 2013 could shut down hundreds of drive-in theaters because of the costly switch to digital projection, estimated at $75,000+ per screen. Project Drive-In, a newly launched national effort sponsored by Honda to save as many drive-ins as possible, is raising community awareness across the nation, supplying at least five drive-ins with digital projectors and giving people easy ways to get involved and ensure that this historic part of American cinema and car culture lives on.
At www.projectdrivein.com, people can vote to determine which five drive-in theaters will receive a new digital projector from Honda. Voting began on Aug. 9 and ends on Sept. 9 at 9:00 pm PT. The five winning theaters will be revealed in September, and each will host a celebration that includes a special screening of Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, in theaters everywhere on September 27.
The website encourages people to share Project Drive-In with family and friends via social media, pledge to see one movie at their local drive-in and contribute to the Honda Project Drive-In Fund to keep more drive-ins in business. As part of Honda’s fundraising efforts, there will also be an online auction that features tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 as well as additional film-related merchandise. Honda will launch pop-up drive-ins at Honda dealerships across the country to help raise awareness and build a groundswell of support, featuring a free screening of the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs film.
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