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Starlite Drive-In Attempting To Raise Funds To Prevent Closing
Updated June 25, 2015 8:53 AM | Filed under: Business
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(BLOOMINGTON) - After nearly 60 years of service to the Bloomington community, the small-town Starlite Drive-In movie theater on Old State Road 37 may be closing its doors for good.

Mark and Yvonne Freeman, who own the land, used to support Bloomington community activities such as pumpkin picking, hay rides, guided jeep tours and opportunities to pet the farm animals in the fall run the drive-in when weather permits.

A GoFundMe page was set up in an attempt to raise money to keep the business from closing completely - they have set a goal to raise $80,000.

The Freeman's say the heavy increase of easy access to movies and an increase in land values, and the public interest in driven-ins declining - business has not been good.

The final blow came with digital film conversion of movies. Now their equipment is outdated.

With the funds currently being collected, the owners hope to acquire a digital film projector, sound system, operating source, new phone lines, a heating, ventilating and air conditioning system and filters for a lab-type room to house the unit.



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