base Cinemas' Digital Death: The base cinema at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., is closing, along with movie halls across the country, as the film industry transitions to digital instead of 35-millimeter projection film, reports South Dakota's Rapids City Journal. Upgrading the movie theater with new digital movie equipment would cost approximately $120,000, which neither the base nor the Army Air Force Exchange Service was willing to invest giving dwindling audiences, according to the newspaper's Jan. 7 report. The cinema will close for good on Jan. 21. Over the past few months, several installations, including Dyess AFB, Tex., and Maxwell AFB, Ala., have shuttered cinema doors for similar reasons, according to press reports. The movie theater at Scott AFB, Ill., showed its final film on Dec. 30, according to a Jan. 7 report from the Belleville News-Democrat. (Includes Abilene Reporter-News report and Maxwell report by Rebecca Burylo.)
Cissy Bodmer said:December 21, 2012 3:58 pm PST
I was the manager of the Drive In Movie in Texas City/LaMarque Texas back in 1983 ir 4 when the hurricane came though and blew it down. Many memories.
Good luck with the fund raiser.
Texas City Tx.
John R wilson Pontiac Il. said:December 21, 2012 9:39 am PST
In the sixty and sevendys I ran a small driven in theater in Pontiac Il. It was called THE STAR CHIFE DRIVE IN It closed becaused the theater owner twined the Cresant Theater. Now the driven is gone forever . Dont let this happen to the Harvest Moon
Andrew said:December 2, 2012 12:44 pm PST
It was a good experience
Gabrielle Crouse said:August 31, 2012 6:02 am PST
Love this drive-in! Never went to any as a kid and it's the only one I've ever been too!
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