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Keeping the Movies Playing

A local drive-in owner is doing what he can to stay open and deciding if the digital switch is worth the investment.
BROOKVILLE, JEFFERSON COUNTY - Off of Rt. 322 in Brookville is a piece of the past.
The Moonlite Drive-in has been a part of the community for decades.

It is the only theater in the who county that has first run movies and it draws hundreds of people to the area each season.

Due to the digital switch, the owner Jim Lipuma, must decided whether to close the drive-in or invest $90,000 in upgrades.

For drive-ins, going digital involves constructing an air-conditioned, dust free room with enough electricity to handle that much power. Unlike theaters, there are no grants or low-interest rate loans available for drive-ins.

Lipuma says he tried to not accept any donations, but has come to realize he cannot make the switch on his own. A committee has formed to save the drive-in. They will be announcing fundraisers soon.

The Super 322 drive-in in Clearfield is in the same situation. They recently posted "We will be open soon. We are waiting for some equipment, but have been working on the building upgrades. We think we have a significant loan, but not sure. This has been a difficult project, but we will not let our loyal patrons down. See you soon under the stars!"
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