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starlitelan
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Digital Projection and Drive in future?
« Thread started on: Aug 19th, 2007, 12:47pm »

I talked to a projector operator a few weeks ago and
they said that it costs about $100,000 per new digital
Projector and they didn't think the Getty 4 would spend
400K on new projectors if forced too. They had to think
hard before even spending 60K for their new no. 1
screen!
Do you think that most of the drive-ins will close if all
this digital becomes the standard mode of projection?
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Re: Digital Projection and Drive in future?
« Reply #1 on: Aug 20th, 2007, 8:41pm »

It seems reasonable that they would, eventually. They could only survive so long on reels and old(er) movies. Unless drive-in attendance increased exponentially before then, I'd think the cost would outweigh profits quite easily.
(P.S. Are you a local Getty fan, too?)
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Re: Digital Projection and Drive in future?
« Reply #2 on: Aug 20th, 2007, 9:17pm »

on Aug 20th, 2007, 8:41pm, smallsBSU wrote:
It seems reasonable that they would, eventually. They could only survive so long on reels and old(er) movies. Unless drive-in attendance increased exponentially before then, I'd think the cost would outweigh profits quite easily.
(P.S. Are you a local Getty fan, too?)


Like everything else, the cost of those new projectors should drop as time goes by. Give it a few years and they may cost half as much or even less.

I can remember Dad bringing home one of the first pocket calculators from work. If I remember correctly he said it cost around $1,000 new. A calculator with even more functions on it today can be bought for $5 at the five-and-dime.
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Re: Digital Projection and Drive in future?
« Reply #3 on: Aug 21st, 2007, 12:07am »

Digital projection doesn't have to be the death knell for Drive-Ins. Some creative thinking or brainstorming is in order:
I would be glad to donate a buck or two each time I went to a Drive-In that would be earmarked for a fund to purchase new equipment. Contributors could be "Honored Patrons" and entitled to special treatment in the future.
New equipment could be depreciated and become a welcome tax write off. Their old equipment is probably tapped out as far a depreciation is concerned.
New equipment could be purchased on credit and paid off over time. That way, an operator would not have to cough up the entire amount at one time.
I have faith that Drive-Ins will survive.
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Re: Digital Projection and Drive in future?
« Reply #4 on: Apr 23rd, 2008, 08:01am »

Here's a new article about the future of Drive-Ins and digital projection conversion. Like I said in the previous post in this section. Drive-Ins should innovate NOW by creating a fund and appeal for donations to defray the cost of the conversion. Create an interest bearing account and over time they'll have a little nest egg. I wonder if any operators around here are looking that far ahead.

http://www.kansas.com/101/story/378261.html
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