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.
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.
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.
#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!
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.
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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