Drive-ins, the last to convert to digital projection, get help

Hollywood is phasing out production of 35mm celluloid film prints this year, ending a 120 year technological tradition that dates from the very beginning of motion pictures.

And the last places in North America to show movies that way are, unsurprisingly, dinosaurs just like “film” prints. Drive-in Theaters — scattered across the country — I once visited every surviving one in Florida for a story — were slow to convert.

This LA Times story explains how projection companies are helping them finish up the conversion that regular theaters went through, with a vengeance, just a few years back.

Here’s a shot I took with, coincidentally, my last “film” camera, an Olympus, of the Silver Moon Drive-In, still in Lakeland, still the prettiest drive in theater in Florida.

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