Thanks, in part, to digital cinema technology, drive-in theatres are on the rise. According to the United Drive-in Theatre Owners Association, as of this month there are 324 drive-in theatres in the United States, 299 of which are digital, with a total of 595 screens. Though the numbers will likely never be as high as they were in the 1950s when the nation had more than four thousand drive-ins, the association says the drive-in business seems to be on an upswing. Coyote Theatres is a case in point
The oldest drive-in movie theatre in the United States Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre in Pennsylvania, has selected GDC Technology’s SX-2000AR server with Barco’s DP2K-32B projector and Ballantyne Strong for its digital conversion.
Christie Digital Systems has announced a wide range of technology that it plans to showcase at this year’s ShowEast. The demonstrations will include Christie and Dolby 4K laser projection and audio technology, Christie’s prototype 4K-laser projector fronted by a RealD XL Cinema System and accompanied by Christie Vive Audio speakers and amplifiers configured for Dolby Atmos.
Four more drive-in theatres have received Christie digital cinema projectors as part of Honda’s ongoing program to help them make the transition from film to digital.
Based on the overwhelming response from fans and communities across the country for Project Drive-In, Honda is adding four more digital cinema projectors to its national effort to save drive-ins facing closure due to the end of 35mm film distribution.