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(WVVA) – Movie theaters that operate on film will be forced to switch to digital after December if they want to continue to show recent films.

Drive-in theaters could be the hardest hit. The Meadow Bridge Drive-In theatre is in a nationwide contest sponsored by HONDA to help save Americas Drive-in Theaters.

Film will no longer be available and all movies will be distributed in digital format.

Theaters could have to pay close to $75,000 dollars to switch over.

As for the Meadow Bridge Drive-In Theater, if they win this contest, the fees to make this switch will be paid for.

Voting will continue through the middle of September.

Voting is done by going to www.projectdrivein.com and searching for a local theater.

Other theaters in our area, such as Pipestem Drive-in say they are looking for ways to keep their family owned business alive. They hope community members will ask owners of any theatre how they can help.

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