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Westbrook drive-in, a retro classic, to reopen this summer

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Kids stroll under the big screen at the Prides Corner Drive-In as night falls in Westbrook, Aug. 30, 2013.
Bangor Daily News

Westbrook’s Prides Corner Drive-In will reopen this summer after nearly two years offline, according to The Forecaster.

The drive-in, which first opened in 1953, needed to switch from a 35-millimeter projector to a new digital projector to accommodate modern movie formats, and now they have it.

The landmark drive-in has been closed since September 2015 awaiting the new projector, and manager Jeff Tevanian told The Forecaster he expects to reopen by Aug. 4, if not as early as July 28.

Tevanian did not disclose the cost of the new digital projector, but other Maine drive-in owners have told the Bangor Daily News the cost is around $75,000, and the conversion to the digital technology has proven to be a hardship for many of the state’s smaller movie theaters and drive-ins.

Correction: A previous version of this story included an incorrect date for when the drive-in first opened. The correct year is 1953.

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