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This project was successfully funded on June 8, 2014.

Moving the Wheel-In Motor Movie into the 21st Century. Going "DIGITAL" at The Pacific Northwests Iconic, WHEEL-IN MOTOR MOVIE

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The Last Drive-In Theatre in Washington State to make the Decision to survive and take on the Conversion to an All Digital Presentation System is ...The WHEEL-IN MOTOR MOVIE


The WHEEL-IN MOTOR MOVIE
has operated faithfully, in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest every summer since 1953.
Ernie and Geneve Thompson had a vision, and in 1952 broke ground on  the Wheel-In at the height of the Baby Boom/Car Culture in the U.S
.At that time, and well into the 60's, The Drive-In Theatre was part of the fabric of the U.S., and many of you may remember taking summer vacations with your family and seeing a Drive-In Theatre "ALIVE" at night about once every 40 miles on U.S. Highways. I sure do.

Aerial Photo of The Wheel-In. The Only Drive-in Theatre in the State that still features the classic Drive-In Speakers in the lot in addition to great F.M. Dolby Digital Sound via your car stereo.
Aerial Photo of The Wheel-In. The Only Drive-in Theatre in the State that still features the classic Drive-In Speakers in the lot in addition to great F.M. Dolby Digital Sound via your car stereo.


The WHEEL-IN MOTOR MOVIE, just outside of Port Townsend, Wa, has seen generations of families enjoy the unique magical experience of Big Screen Hollywood Movies Under The Stars.
There is no way to describe the feeling that The Drive-In Theatre provides, and specifically, The WHEEL-IN MOTOR MOVIE.
Rated #1 in the Entire Western U.S. by Sunset Magazine, The Wheel-In is a very special place.

The Wheel-In on a beautiful Summer Night under an equally beautiful Full Moon.
The Wheel-In on a beautiful Summer Night under an equally beautiful Full Moon.



We have come to the end of 60 years of 35mm film at the Wheel-In.
To open again this Spring we must make the extremely costly conversion to Digital Cinema.
We have made this conversion very successfully at The Wheel-In's big Sister, The UPTOWN THEATRE, in Port Townsend, and we have a very clear cut and researched plan ready to go.
Equipment and Installation will run $65,000, We intend to once again handle as much of the cost as is possible,
In addition to traditional funding sources, we have decided to include a crowd funding campaign for the following reasons;
#1 -  To help everyone understand what we are up to and what the survival of The Wheel-In is dependent on.
#2 - The Cost of the Digital Conversion is outside of the typical independent Theatre's business model  budget.  The Wheel-In, otherwise healthy, falls into this category.
and
#3 - We believe it also gives us a chance as a community to be a part of not only the survival of an historic and Iconic institution, but to launch it into an even bigger and better future.
We most DEFINITELY have a vision for The Wheel-In that is bigger and better than ever, Digital Cinema will facilitate not only an even better Movie experience but also more flexibility and access to a broader range of Programming.
Our success with this Fund Raising Campaign is Critical to the survival of The WHEEL-IN.
We hope you will come aboard and be a part of the Wheel-In's future!
Thank You So Much for considering our project!

Another Unique and Classic Feature at the Wheel-In, An Indoor View Room With both Mono Speakers and Dolby Digital F.M. Stereo Sound!
Another Unique and Classic Feature at the Wheel-In, An Indoor View Room With both Mono Speakers and Dolby Digital F.M. Stereo Sound!

Risks and challenges

As we have made this conversion previously, we are aware of all the Details involved and have accounted for all contingencies.
Once funded we anticipate a smooth and timely install.

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FAQ

  • As much as we hate to consider this, It's most likely that if we are unsuccessful with this crowdfunding campaign, the Wheel-In will not open this season and then most likely be closed forever. the property will most likely be sold and like so many Drive-In Theatre's with similar fates, torn down and developed for another use.

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    1 Small Buttered Popcorn, Honored on The Wheel-In website and on our new Digital Screen!

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    1 Medium Buttered Popcorn, Honored on The Wheel-In Web Site and on our new Digital Screen! AND, 24 frames of Souvenir 35mm Film.

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    1 Large Buttered Popcorn, 2 Medium Soft Drinks, Honored on The Wheel-In Web Site and on our New Digital Screen!, AND, 24 frames of Souvenir 35mm Film.

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    1 Combo Pizza, 1 large Buttered Popcorn, 2 Large Soft Drinks, Honored on The Wheel-In Web Site and on our Digital Screen! 24 Frames of Souvenir 35mm Film,

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    1 Combo Pizza, 1 Large Buttered Popcorn, 2 Large Soft Drinks, Honored on The Wheel-In Web Site and on our new Digital Screen!, 24 Frames of Souvenir 35mm Film AND a Logo Wheel-In Motor Movie T-Shirt!

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    1 Combo Pizza, 1 Large Buttered Popcorn, 2 Large Soft Drinks, Honored on The Wheel-In Web Site, and on our New Digital Screen! 24 frames of Souvenir 35mm Film AND a Logo Wheel-In Motor Movie Hooded Sweat Shirt!

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    1 Combo Pizza, 1 Large Buttered Popcorn, 2 Large Soft Drinks, Honored on The Wheel-In Web Site and on our New Digital Screen!
    24 frames of Souvenir 35mm Film, a Logo Wheel-In Motor Movie Hooded Sweat Shirt AND
    1 Season of Free On Screen Advertising for you or your business!

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    1 Combo Pizza, 1 Large Buttered Popcorn, 2 Large Soft Drinks, Honored on The Wheel-In Web Site and on our new Digital Screen!, 24 Frames of Souvenir 35mm Film, 1 Classic Logo Wheel-In Motor Movie Hooded Sweat Shirt,
    1 Season of Free On Screen Advertising for you, or your business!
    AND....
    A Free Private Evening at the Wheel-In for you and up to 100 of your family and friends!
    (Movie'(s) will be selected at time of reservation. Private Screening reservations are good for Mondays and Tuesdays Only)

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Funding period

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