Carter County

Drive-in theater wins digital projector

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - A tradition in Elizabethton will continue for years to come thanks to a donation for the State Line Drive-In Theater.

Andy Wetzel, owner of the drive-in, found out Monday morning that he had won a free digital projector through a promotion with Honda.

Wetzel discovered months ago he would have to make the switch from playing movies on a 35-millimeter projector to a digital one. The upgrade would have cost more than $75,000 and he was not sure if the business could afford it. Click here to read more.

That worry is over, but he still has to spend some money to get ready for the upgrade. "[We'll be] upgrading electrical systems, getting everything where the projector is ready to come in and be installed," Wetzel said. "Then I've got to do heating and air, which I've never had before. I've got to do dust collection. I've got to do heat removal as far as taking the heat off the projector. There is some duct work there and stuff like that involved."

There will be a free screening of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 on Thursday night to thank everyone who voted online and by phone.

Nine drive-ins across the country won a free upgrade during the contest.

The last movie on film will play this Sunday night when this year's season comes to an end.

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