Save The Holiday Drive IN Theater

$10,291 of $85k goal

Raised by 117 people in 24 months
Steve L Wilson  PAOLI, IN
The $80,0000.00 Digital Revolution of the movie theater with its move to Digital Projection is leaving many older theaters in the dust as the sun is quickly setting.    Very soon, 35mm movie prints will no longer be available and our local drive In theater will be forced to close.      We are talking about The Holiday Drive IN Theater in Mitchell, Indiana, the Hometown of  NASA Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom. The Holiday is one of those theaters that does not have enough business to be able to make the year round,  $1800.00 per month, digital projector payments to keep the Drive IN Open.

The Holiday Drive IN Theater,  as it sits today would cost  about $900,000.00 to build from scratch.     The theater barely makes enough money to keep the doors open on the small $80,000.00 dollars currently invested with zero money to make payments on a brand new digital projector.    

 Steve Wilson, the owner of the Holiday has been very lucky so far to be able the keep the doors open as 35mm continues to get more scarce with each passing month.     Steve feels 2015, more than likely will be the final year in which he can get by on 35mm prints, with many titles no longer available on film which is already compounding the financial issue.     

 We have started this Go fund Me page, to bring awareness to the high possibility of losing this theater.      To give our many friends and many loyal customers a chance to help save this Historic Landmark of a theater, $22, $55 or $110 or more at a time.

Our goal is to be able to purchase a brand new $85,000.00 projector and to build a very small year round heated and air-conditioned room to place the projector in.     Our back up plan is to come up with at least $30,000.00, to purchase an older outdated projector as a last resort, which works, but older technology will have half the life of a new unit.


 Please pitch in and help us save this old theater!     Just this past year, we had a billion dollar company want to purchase this theater, to tear it down to re-purpose the land!     Steve Wilson has told these kinds of people, time after time, The Holiday Drive-IN Theater is Not FOR SALE!      We need your financial help to save this Old Theater!      With the help of our many Friends & Customers of The Holiday Drive IN Theater, we together can keep it in operation and away from the greed of corporate America!    
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Update 10
Posted by Steve L Wilson
13 months ago
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Our first Digital Weekend is almost in the books. My good friends as well as the hundreds of donations from far and near have saved my life and our historic landmark for another year.

In the picture of the Three Old Guys! Digital Projection Technician, Tim Reed on the left. I am in the middle. My other technician and friend Jim Boyd, owner of the Van Del Drive In Theater in Van Wert, Ohio. Jim is financing a good third of the cost of this project on a handshake deal!

From the first night we opened, generous donations keep rolling in, to help finish paying for some of the expenses of what has become a $24,000.00 conversion. With out all the donations along with the Food Permit, this project would have never happened.

If you have been waiting and holding back, now would be a good time to donate. The average repair bill on a digital projector can run from $6,000 to $20,000. in parts and labor. All Future donations along with our Food Permit Money will continue to go into a special bank account to fund future problems with the digital equipment and its upgrades!

Thank YOU All so very much for your HELP & Support! Thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU!
Night sky with Daffy Duck at the Holiday
Donations are still being received!
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Update 9
Posted by Steve L Wilson
13 months ago
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WE have been hard at it at the Holiday Drive In Theater the past 2 weeks. My staff and I have been very busy putting up our new digital booth out of the front of the old booth. All is going well if we don't run out of money! We highly appreciate the last minute donations which keep coming in and I can tell you we honestly need every dollar that is still coming in. Each Donation goes to pay for some digital item of need here at the drive IN.

Our digital installer will be at the theater this coming Tuesday and longer to do the install. He is all the way in here from out in east Pennsylvania. His name is Tim Reed along with my good buddy, Jim Boyd of the Van Del Drive In Theater from Van Wert, Ohio, Jim, will also be here helping out.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much Jim Boyd has meant to me in his continued support of freely helping the Holiday Drive IN Theater over the many years I have owned it. This man is the most unselfish man I have ever met. He travels all over the USA helping very small Drive In Theaters such as mine stay in business with his 35mm and digital knowledge. Jim has given my thousands of dollars in equipment over the many years because he wants us to succeed! He is the Guardian Angel that I talk about all the time. He found our digital projector with me in mind and he is willing to fiance a third of it, with only a handshake deal and no paperwork? That's how generous this man is! And of course, he knows that I will be just as honorable about paying him off over time, as he has been, to help me out, along the way.

My owning the Holiday Drive In Theater came about by a man, which had great faith in my ability and energies to keep this theater open and alive! Bob Limeberry, our former owner, was my mentor in this business back in 1983, when I managed the Orleans Theater for him, I had no idea that he would call on me again,in the year of 2003 to take over in his place! Bob had great faith in me! I am so very proud he did have the faith, that I would keep on going!

Thanks again for all the donations, with out you all, I would not be here posting such wonderful progress! Thank YOU!
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Update 8
Posted by Steve L Wilson
13 months ago
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Hi Folks, this is our final update before we Open our theater on 35mm film this coming March 25th. 1st Feature, Batman Vrs Superman and How to be Single.

We have an older NEC 1600 digital projector on its way from a Hazard Kentucky theater today, which is now a defunct indoor theater. If all the parts and pieces work, we will have about $20,000.00 invested. We have taken in about $10k in generous donations.

We are still taking in donations to help fund the many items still not paid for. Money is tight here, my biggest worry is that we will run out of money before the project is completely ready to go.

Now would be a good time to donate a few dollars to the cause if you have not already yet done so. With out the many donations along with a Good Samaritan in my life, this transition would not be possible. My Good Samaritan is financing $5,000. out of this $15,000.00 projector with a handshake deal and no papers!

$15, $20 or more dollars from a lot of people can make a huge difference in making sure we make it to the finish line! We still have lot of money to be spend to make sure all goes well.

Thank YOU to so many for your help in keeping this Icon Alive!
We are almost there!
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Update 7
Posted by Steve L Wilson
14 months ago
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Here we are just a month or so away from our projected opening date of March 25,2016. Batman versus Superman is projected to be the first big hit of the year! We are starting to gear up our Go Fund Me page again in hopes of keeping our Drive In Open.

Today I am spending $475 from our digital savings account to purchase a used digital to analog converter. This unit will change digital audio from the projector over to an analog signal so that we can then send it to our analog transmitter and then out to your cars FM radio. This will likely be one of our cheapest purchases.

Only your contiued donations will keep this drive in open in 2016. Thank YOU!
Holiday Drive-IN Theater. Mitchell, IN
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Todd Hammer
13 months ago
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Derek Lynn: You pay for your food one way or another and their prices are quite reasonable. If you want to a drive-in to go to then help them out by buying from their concession! And if you can't do that then pay the $7.00 bring-your-own-food fee and be done with it.

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Derek Lynn
22 months ago
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I understand you need to save your drive-inn, but you shouldn't make people buy your food by not allowing people to bring there own food/coolers that makes me not want to go. Takes the fun out of it

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Louisa Osborn
24 months ago
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We love going to the drive-in on Fridays, it's our date night during the summer. We just want to help you keep it open.

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Joe Hedge
23 months ago

The rain has stopped people. Get out to the Drive In for a fun night. Make memories!

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Joe Hedge
24 months ago

brought my 2 grand nephews tonight. It was their 1st time ever to a Drive In. Now they want to come again. They loved being able to play Frisbee before the movies and enjoy food. Great time!

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Joe Hedge
24 months ago

Love The Holiday Drive In.

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$10,291 of $85k goal

Raised by 117 people in 24 months
Created April 13, 2015
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$100
Todd Hammer
13 months ago

We go to this drive-in at least once every summer. Especially when we camp at Spring Mill. It's a great experience for our family.

$50
Anonymous
13 months ago
JF
$20
Jennifer Farler
13 months ago

My kids and I look forward to coming to the drive in every summer. I know my donation isn't much, but I hope it helps.

$20
Tracy Clark
13 months ago
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1
$21
Joe Hedge
13 months ago

We continue to support the Holiday. Love them.

$30
Erika Key
13 months ago
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$50
Nancy Fleetwood
13 months ago
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1
CB
$10
Cheryl Burcham
13 months ago
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1
KG
$100
Kim Gottheimer
13 months ago
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JA
$10
Jason Allman
14 months ago
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Todd Hammer
13 months ago
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Derek Lynn: You pay for your food one way or another and their prices are quite reasonable. If you want to a drive-in to go to then help them out by buying from their concession! And if you can't do that then pay the $7.00 bring-your-own-food fee and be done with it.

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Derek Lynn
22 months ago
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I understand you need to save your drive-inn, but you shouldn't make people buy your food by not allowing people to bring there own food/coolers that makes me not want to go. Takes the fun out of it

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Louisa Osborn
24 months ago
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We love going to the drive-in on Fridays, it's our date night during the summer. We just want to help you keep it open.

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Joe Hedge
23 months ago

The rain has stopped people. Get out to the Drive In for a fun night. Make memories!

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Joe Hedge
24 months ago

brought my 2 grand nephews tonight. It was their 1st time ever to a Drive In. Now they want to come again. They loved being able to play Frisbee before the movies and enjoy food. Great time!

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Joe Hedge
24 months ago

Love The Holiday Drive In.

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