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Grafton, WV: Grafton Drive-In May Be Showing Its Last Movies This Year

Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 and updated on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 10:36 AM

The Grafton Drive-In in Grafton, West Virginia may be showing its last movies this summer, according to an article published recently in the Mountain Statesman:

“Technology is just catching up with us,” commented Mr. Henderson. Movie companies have been threatening theaters for the last ten years, proclaiming that the time would come in which films would no longer be available. Movie producers have been pushing drive-ins and theaters to switch to digital projections.

The Hendersons researched such a change, and have found that it would cost $69,000 to replace the projector. In addition to the new projector, Mr. Henderson noted that replacing the old screen would soon be necessary, and that he expected it to cost around $89,200.

According to reports, the Hendersons have been given until September 2012 to change over to digital projections.

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According to our records, the theater originally opened in 1949. If you would like to see a movie under the stars, some drive-ins still remain. Take a look at the list of nearby drive-in theaters, including the Sunset Drive In, which is about seventeen miles away in Shinnston, to see what's playing!

Thanks to reader Lou S. for bringing this to our attention

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