Supporters of the Midway Drive-In Theater in Osawatomie, Kan., have raised about $14,600, contributing to a down payment for a digital projector to keep the outdoor venue open.
“We did it! We saved our Drive-In!” City Councilwoman Tamara Maichel posted on Facebook.
Well, they helped anyway. Theater owners Ann and Paul Dimoush still have to borrow from the bank to make a down payment of about $34,000 toward the projector, which will cost $75,000 to $80,000.
The theater has survived for six decades in the small Miami County town but was threatened by the digital age, which has transformed the way movies are projected.
“The theater will survive,” said Ann Dimoush. “I don’t know if my husband and I will.”