Historic Muskegon Drive-In Getting Upgrade

Posted at 7:48 PM, Jun 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-06 22:35:03-04

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The Getty Drive-In is just a few hours away from completing the switch from film to state-of-the-art digital projection.

The outdoor theater has been using film projectors to show movies to crowds for nearly 65 years. However, this week it is undergoing a nearly $250,000 conversion from film to digital projection.

Work on the transition is expected to be completed by dusk Friday.

The projectors that are being replaced have been in use since the 1960s.

The Getty Drive-In is located at the intersection of Getty Street and Summit Avenue in Muskegon. It opened in 1948 as the NK Drive-In, was purchased by Loeks Theatres in 1966 and three screens were added in 1978, making it one of America’s largest outdoor theaters.

Today there are fewer than 400 drive-ins remaining in the United States.