Minnesota Drive-Ins Struggle in Evolving Movie Market
LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Hollywood's demands and the changing economics of the film industry are making it tough for the owners of Minnesota's remaining drive-in movie theaters to make ends meet.
In the 1950s, there were nearly 80 drive-in theaters across the state. Now there are just six in the cities of Elko, Long Prairie, Warren, Lake Elmo, Litchfield and Luverne.
Dave Quincer is among the state's drive-in owners questioning the future of his business. The 53-year-old says he's been pouring money into his Litchfield drive-in, Starlite since he bought it a few years ago.
Quincer, a fourth generation drive-in theater owner, says he thinks he can get his theater through this season but will require a lot of money for next year.