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Contest aimed at saving local drive-ins all over the country

By: Kerri Corrado

JOHNSTOWN, Pa.

"We were underdogs and probably still are," Silver Drive-In Managing Partner Rick Rosko said.

Many people hoping these underdogs will come out on top.

Silver Drive-In was given a second chance at winning a new digital projector after a nationwide contest was extended a few more days.

"Crossing my fingers, praying, begging friends and family to get the vote out," Rosko said.

It all started after Honda created "Project Drive-In," an attempt to help drive-ins all over the country stay open since the conversion from film to digital costs big bucks, a good $80,000.

"Even though 35mm is still relevant and we put on a good picture, it is too expensive to make for Hollywood," he said.

Many Drive-Ins can't afford the switch and their only hope to stay open is to win the contest.

Managing Rick Rosko says he is confident that Silver Drive-In has a chance.

It is full of memories since 1950, one that many want to see stay open.

"A lot of memories. It is iconic. It is Americana at its best." He added.

But time is running our and many votes are still needed. Voting ends Saturday.

To vote go to www.projectdrivein.com.

 
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Edgar Snyder

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