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Drive-in owner nearing goal to save the Tri-Way

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FOX28 first told you in June that the Tri-Way Drive-in in Plymouth could be in danger of closing.

It's because film companies will no longer offer movies in 35mm, which is what the Tri-Way projects. This means the drive-in will have to convert to digital at a cost of about $75,000 per screen.

A few months ago, Tri-Way's owner, David Kinney was pretty bummed by the thought he might have to close his drive-in. Now, he's a little more positive.

"We're getting very close to our goal. We just need an extra push to get us over the top," says Kinney.

David Kinney has spent a lot of time in his projector room, the Tri-Way has been in his family since the 50s. He's run it since 1985.

At the beginning of the summer, Kinney began a major fundraising effort. The goal, to raise $225 thousand dollars to convert three of his four screens.

They've taken donations, sold t-shirts and bumper stickers. Folks have come out to play miniature golf, and pack the restaurant. The Tri-Way has raised almost 3/4 of what they need. Now, there's one more push.

"We're looking for online donations. We're looking for 1,400, $20 donations," says Kinney.

You can donate, here.

Folks in the community support the effort. "The kids get to go out there and play. The early movie is for the kids and the family and the late one, the kids are usually asleep and mom and dad get a little time to relax and watch a movie together," says Matthew Powell who takes his family to Tri-Way every summer.

Melinda Daily of Bremen says, "I've been going to it since I was a little girl and I've taken my kids and my grandkids and I just don't want to see it go."

Kinney says he's received a lot of positive feedback from the community this summer and says he's grateful for everyone who's helping to keep the Tri-Way from becoming another statistic.

The Tri-Way finishes up its season this weekend.

So if you want to catch a movie, they'll be showing around 8 o'clock on Friday and Saturday. 

 

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