Winter Drive In Digital Conversion

$1,765 of $100k goal

Raised by 55 people in 25 days
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Help save the Winter Drive-In Theater.
The Winter Drive-In has been entertaining generations of families in the Wintersville / Steubenville community since 1969.
During the 1950s, there were approximately 4063 drive-in theatres in across America. Today only about 325 are still operating.

The Hollywood studios are now forcing the few remaining 35mm film theatres to make a very expensive conversion to digital projection.
Without the conversion to digital projection, the Winter Drive-In will not be able to play any current or future Hollywood releases.

The depressed economic conditions of the area have had a devastating effect on many local businesses. The Winter Drive-In has been no exception.
While we all try to be optimistic, hoping for improvement, we have been financially unable to make the digital conversion.

We’ve recently heard from so many people that love the Winter Drive-In and want it to continue, we’re willing to give it another chance.

We’re not asking for your donations to save our business. We asking for donations to save the Winter Drive-In for the community.

The cost to convert each drive-in screen to digital projection is approximately $75,000.00 per screen.
While we don’t expect to come close to the amount needed to convert all four screens, we hope to do as many as possible in order to open this season.

We realize that we’re getting a late start with GoFundMe, but better late than never.
If everyone would donate as much as possible, we could save the Winter Drive-In for the entire community to enjoy for years to come.

Corporate Sponsorship and Naming Rights are also available for a single screen or the entire Drive In.
( Please email us for details via the gofundme link)

Funds are needed immediately to purchase the equipment and book features for the 2017 summer season.

A GoFundMe account has been started to save the Winter Drive-in for your continued enjoyment.

Any and all donations will help and are greatly appreciated.
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Update 2
Posted by Ross Falvo
5 days ago
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WINTER DRIVE IN DIGI FUND FLEA MARKET
STARTING SUNDAY MAY 21 AND EVERY SUNDAY THERE AFTER.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM ADMISSION AND SELLER FEES GO TO THE DIGITAL CONVERSION FUND

FLEA MARKET PRICING:
ADMISSION $1 PER PERSON.
SELLERS $20 PER STALL SPACE.

GATES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT 8:00 AM
VENDOR SET UP AT 7:00 AM
WE ARE POSTING THIS NOTICE IN ADVANCE TO GIVE YOU AMPLE TIME TO BEGIN GATHERING YOUR UNUSED ITEMS IN YOUR HOME, GARAGE AND ATTIC AND SELL THEM AT THE WINTER DRIVE IN FLEA MARKET AND EARN SOME CASH IN THE PROCESS .
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Update 1
Posted by Ross Falvo
18 days ago
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Thank you for your support we have begun our campaign and we have a long way to go. We need your assistance to let everyone know so please mention the campaign to help fund the Digital Conversion at the Winter Drive In to your neighbors and friends. Yesterday we had over a 100 visitors to this site, and if each visitor could make a donation and help spread the word it would be greatly appreciated. Some of you who have suggested fund raisers will be contacted. We are looking for corporate sponsors from the Wintersville ,Steubenville and surrounding community please mention this campaign at your work place and to your employer to consider donating and sponsoring this cause to keep movies under the stars at the Winter Drive In . Thank you one and all lets spread the word.
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Amy Morris
22 days ago
2
2

I met my husband now husband at the Winter Drive in 30 years ago. Let me know if your going to do a fund raiser, would be willing to help out. My kids school just did a auction and raised 40,000. They had a silent action and a actioneer action off donations. I'm sure all the business in area would donate something. Good luck

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J Scott Lewis
22 days ago
2
2

My first job was in the concession stand at this drive-in. Good memories of working there.

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Ryan Johnson
6 days ago
1
1

I asked you three years ago to set this up, I had all the information to do it as a mass donation with other drive ins around the country. But that's okay we're all at fault here. It's sad an American past time will be long forgotten. I came here ever since I was young, I worked here and I probably had the most passion about keeping the Winter Drive-In open while working here. No one wants to see the valley take another loss of a business. I hope that you guys can open up this year. It'll sadden me if you don't.

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$1,765 of $100k goal

Raised by 55 people in 25 days
Created April 1, 2017
AK
$100
Adriana Kirkman
4 days ago

I really hope the proper funds are raised! Goodluck!!!

BG
$50
Brian Grimm
5 days ago
LS
$100
Leslie Sherlock
6 days ago
$20
Ryan Johnson
6 days ago
SK
$25
Shari Kilcoyne
6 days ago
CC
$50
Cortney Campbell
6 days ago

Hope you can raise the funds you need! I love coming up there.

$10
Anonymous
7 days ago
JR
$40
John Rex
7 days ago

I hope our donation helps, we look forward to coming to your drive inn every year.

$20
Sharon Pool
7 days ago
SC
$25
Scott Criss
8 days ago
Amy Morris
22 days ago
2
2

I met my husband now husband at the Winter Drive in 30 years ago. Let me know if your going to do a fund raiser, would be willing to help out. My kids school just did a auction and raised 40,000. They had a silent action and a actioneer action off donations. I'm sure all the business in area would donate something. Good luck

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J Scott Lewis
22 days ago
2
2

My first job was in the concession stand at this drive-in. Good memories of working there.

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Ryan Johnson
6 days ago
1
1

I asked you three years ago to set this up, I had all the information to do it as a mass donation with other drive ins around the country. But that's okay we're all at fault here. It's sad an American past time will be long forgotten. I came here ever since I was young, I worked here and I probably had the most passion about keeping the Winter Drive-In open while working here. No one wants to see the valley take another loss of a business. I hope that you guys can open up this year. It'll sadden me if you don't.

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