The summer of 2013 was a matter of life or death for Maine's  Saco Drive-In . The major motion picture producers set fall as a deadline, after which they would no longer distribute blockbusters on 35mm film. Message to drive-ins: Convert to digital projection or die. Cost: $40,000.

The summer of 2013 was a matter of life or death for Maine's Saco Drive-In. The major motion picture producers set fall as a deadline, after which they would no longer distribute blockbusters on 35mm film. Message to drive-ins: Convert to digital projection or die. Cost: $40,000.

 The old projector.  The film is on a platter to be threaded up and around and down through the machine.

The old projector.  The film is on a platter to be threaded up and around and down through the machine.

 The feature film is delivered in segments, in several boxes.  It is then hand-spliced together.  The colorful small reels, against the wall, are the  Coming Attractions.  They will be spliced onto the feature film.

The feature film is delivered in segments, in several boxes.  It is then hand-spliced together.

The colorful small reels, against the wall, are the Coming Attractions. They will be spliced onto the feature film.

 The finished film, ready for showing.  A pancake.

The finished film, ready for showing.  A pancake.

 Turn your radio on.

Turn your radio on.

 Unlike our memories of Diners, where the design and personality of the business is what makes the memories, with Drive-Ins, it's the experience and the fun and the friends.

Unlike our memories of Diners, where the design and personality of the business is what makes the memories, with Drive-Ins, it's the experience and the fun and the friends.

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 It's Showtime!

It's Showtime!

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 The End.

The End.

 The summer of 2013 was a matter of life or death for Maine's&nbsp; Saco Drive-In . The major motion picture producers set fall as a deadline, after which they would no longer distribute blockbusters on 35mm film. Message to drive-ins: Convert to digital projection or die. Cost: $40,000.
 The old projector. &nbsp;The film is on a platter to be threaded up and around and down through the machine.
 The feature film is delivered in segments, in several boxes. &nbsp;It is then hand-spliced together.  The colorful small reels, against the wall, are the&nbsp; Coming Attractions.  They&nbsp;will be spliced onto the&nbsp;feature film.
 The finished film, ready for showing. &nbsp;A pancake.
 Turn your radio on.
 Unlike our memories of Diners, where the design and personality of the business is what makes the memories, with Drive-Ins, it's the experience and the fun and the friends.
<untitled> 10316.jpg
sacofamily (1).jpeg
sacofamily.jpeg
 It's Showtime!
drive11.jpg
 The End.

The summer of 2013 was a matter of life or death for Maine's Saco Drive-In. The major motion picture producers set fall as a deadline, after which they would no longer distribute blockbusters on 35mm film. Message to drive-ins: Convert to digital projection or die. Cost: $40,000.

The old projector.  The film is on a platter to be threaded up and around and down through the machine.

The feature film is delivered in segments, in several boxes.  It is then hand-spliced together.

The colorful small reels, against the wall, are the Coming Attractions. They will be spliced onto the feature film.

The finished film, ready for showing.  A pancake.

Turn your radio on.

Unlike our memories of Diners, where the design and personality of the business is what makes the memories, with Drive-Ins, it's the experience and the fun and the friends.

It's Showtime!

The End.

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