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Possibility of winning national contest gives hope to Miami County drive-in

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LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

A drive-in theater in danger of closing could be saved if it wins a national competition to make the switch from film to digital.

The Midway Drive-In in Miami County, KS, is one of dozens hoping to win a digital projector from Honda's Project Drive-In competition. All it takes to vote is a text or the click of a mouse at projectdrivein.com to select the local drive-in people want to support.

"On my part there was a lot of emotion. This may be the last year. He says we are going to get it one way or the other, but money talks and it is not talking too hard right now," said Ann Dimoush with the Midway Drive-In.

The theater closed for the 2013 season and its future is unknown.

Paul and Ann Dimoush are trying to keep their slice of Americana open.

"We still stay for the poor, working people. We have a lot of people coming out here that have three or four kids. This is their weekly outing," said Paul Dimoush.

The theater's supporters have donated close to $14,000 to help the community-oriented couple. The community is also voting online to help them win one of five digital projectors from the Honda competition.

"You can vote once per computer. So if you have two computers, you can get an extra vote in there," said Kathy Ellena of Jack Ellena Honda out of Lawrence, KS.

Ellena said she's voting daily at the competition's website. But she and her family also decided they wanted to do more for the Dimoush family by transforming their car dealership into a fundraiser pop-up drive-in event.

"The Dimoush family seemed so sincere. They doing it for the right reasons. They are saving it for their community. It is not something they are trying to do for themselves. They are such a giving couple," Ellena said.

All donations collected at the free fundraising event will go to the Midway Drive-In.

The Dimoush's are cautiously optimistic they could win the national contest.

"I'd probably do a couple cartwheels out here and that's going to be hard to do. That would be wonderful, but I've never had that kind of luck in life so I'm not planning on it," Paul Dimoush said.

He said winning the Honda Project Drive-In could mean future outdoor movies for the entire family at the last drive-in in Miami County.

"Just to win the projector to say, 'hey, we got one guys!' It would be great," Ann Dimoush said.

The voting period for the Honda competition ends Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. Click here to vote.

The pop-up drive-in event at Jack Ellena Honda will show the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The event is free and begins at 7 p.m. on Friday Sept. 13. Click here to learn more.

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