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December 26, 2012

Drive-in theaters face digital challenge

Owners vow to keep 27 Drive-in open despite cost


Somerset —

Roaden is firmly convinced 35 mm film will continue to be available. Therefore, he said he doesn’t plan to change to digital projectors at 27 Drive-In until he can no longer get 35 mm film. 
“But when it’s not available, I’ll change ... 27 Drive-In will not close down,” he reiterated.
Matter of fact, Roaden says he is looking for somebody to put in a restaurant in front of his theater. “I’m ready for them as soon as they are ready,” he said, indicating he would like to have Olive Garden or another high end dining place.
The Roadens opened 27 Drive-In Theater in 1967. “I sold it and bought it back in 1978,” he said. The theater’s website expresses appreciation for a wonderful 2012 season and welcomes moviegoers to return in Spring 2013.

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