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MIAMI COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -
A Miami County drive-in theater is entered into a national contest that could keep the screen from going dark.
The iconic Midway Drive-In movie theater is among several hundred vying for the chance to win a digital projector from Honda's Project Drive-In.
In less than three months, the majority of American drive-in theaters will face closure with the movie industry's switch from film to digital.
Upgrading to digital projection costs roughly $80,000.
Honda will donate five digital projectors to five drive-ins that receive the most votes in its contest. The contest is also raising funds to donate remaining money to one of 369 drive-ins operating around the country.
Voters decide which drive-ins will receive the five digital projectors. To vote click here.
"This is a little bit of Americana that I feel is going by the wayside. We need to maintain the drive-in, we really do. There are only seven drive-ins in the state of Kansas right now," said Osawatomie Mayor Mark Govea.
The community has rallied behind the Midway Drive-In for months, trying to raise funds to purchase a digital projector. According to the group's Facebook page, they've raised $12,930.
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