We’re ready to open for the 2013 season! Our digital conversion is the largest and most expensive expansion we’ve ever undertaken at the Holiday Twin Drive-In. The purchase and installation of the digital projectors and required remodeling to accommodate this high tech equipment was more expensive than the purchase of the theater and property back in 1979. For those of you wondering how long the drive-in will be around, suffice it to say, we plan to be here a while.
On to the news of opening night. We’ve set the date for Friday, March 29th as the first night of 2013. Through April we will be open on Friday and Saturday nights only. While the weather is still unpredictable and we’re likely to have rain, snow and cold temperatures, that particular weekend has a good forecast and we decided we could be up and running by then. Since we don’t expect large crowds this will give us the opportunity to work some “bugs” out and train some new employees.
There have been numerous changes at the drive-in, for the most part our patrons will only notice the fantastic digital picture and the better digital sound. But inside, behind the scenes we’ve undergone a complete renovation. We are very, very grateful to Ted Hoffman Construction. Ted and his crew worked tirelessly through the off season to bring our building up to a standard that could accommodate the digital specifications necessary for this high-tech equipment. It was a sad day for me to see those old converted carbon arc projectors go, but our choice was clear, convert or close. Imagine my husband, Wes, who has been in the business for nearly 40 years, as he watched the only equipment he’s ever know sent to be recycled. WHEW! It wasn’t easy folks. But upward and onward. We’re counting on our fans support for years to come. We will not raise our prices this season. We do ask that you strongly support our snack bar as that is our major revenue source.
We will be radio sound only as all the speakers have been removed. We will have a few for sale this season if anyone is interested in a piece of nostalgia. They are $10.00 each, with no guarantee that they are working. You can pick one up in the snack bar or at the box office on your way in the theater.
Opening weekend movies will be as follows: The Great and Powerful Oz with the co-hit, Parental Guidance. On the other screen, G.I. Joe: Retaliation with the co-hit Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
We’re planning a full summer with all the big hits and we may even go retro one night a week on one screen just because we can! We’ll keep you updated as the season moves along.
For now, we’re having a Spring snow here in Fort Collins, and it’s tough to get in the mood for a drive-in movie, but the weather will change and we’re looking forward to seeing all our fans this summer.
See you at the movies!