FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) - A southern Kentucky drive-in theater has missed out on a contest to win a digital projection system.
Five theaters won one of the projectors previously, and another four were given out this week to theaters around the country. But the Franklin Drive-In at Franklin, Kentucky, wasn't among the winners.
Fans of drive-ins voted online in the program that was launched August 9.
Project Drive-In was sponsored by Honda Motor Co. to help keep theaters from closing in the face of 35mm film distribution ending later this year. The Franklin Favorite said switching to digital projection is estimated to cost $75,000 or more per screen.
Several other Kentucky drive-ins were also vying in the contest but didn't make the cut, including Bourbon Drive-In in Paris, Twin Hills Drive-In in Harrodsburg, Stanford Drive-In and Tri-City Drive-In in Beaver Dam.
The drive-in in Elizabethton, Tennessee, was one of the four most recent winners.
Many drive-in theaters are family-run operations that do most their business in the summer, and some owners say they simply can't afford to change over.
Honda said it will continue raising money for the project through the crowd funding website Indiegogo.com.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.