Leicester, Mass. drive-in fights to stay open

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September 19, 2013, 7:04 pm
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(NECN: Kristen Carosa) - Leicester, Mass. Historical Commission chairman Don Lennerton remembers coming to the Leicester Triple Drive-in as a kid. He made many memories while watching movies over the years.

"Friday and Saturday night, that's where you went. The drive-in, sneaking in all of your buddies in the truck of your car," he said. "It's grown to become part of the community and there aren't many drive-ins left around anymore."

Owners Mary and Hannah Joseph built the drive in 1967. It is one of 400 left across the country.

"It's very reasonable and fun a place for people to go," said owner Marilyn Joseph.

But after all these years, the drive-in is in jeopardy. The movie industry is switching from film to digital, which means all drive-ins will need new projection devices and screens.

Joseph says it will cost more than $70,000 per screen - something she isn't sure they can afford.

"We have three screens, so it would be very expensive project for us," said Joseph.

But now, your vote could help the Joseph's save the drive-in. It has has been entered into a contest - Honda is giving away four digital systems.

The contest runs through Saturday and the winner will be announced on Monday.

"We would be very happy - it would definitely take care of the financial aspect of it," said Joseph. "If we don't win, we would have to make the decision whether to stay open or not."

Marilyn and her husband want to keep it open for all families to enjoy.

But they need your help.

"It's important that this drive-in stays alive," said Lennerton. "It's part of our culture. It needs to be here."

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