At the Drive-In: Port Hope Drive-In
The first time Ron Holdsworth went to the Port Hope Drive-In, he was 17, although he doesn’t exactly remember what he saw.
“I remember the Teepee Drive-In in Pickering better,” he says. “We saw Midnight Express, and I think a bunch of just went. It used to sell out back then.”
More than 30 years later Holdsworth, 60, could use a few sell-out crowds of his own. For the past 21 years he’s owned the Port Hope Drive-In, started in 1945 and widely considered to be Canada’s oldest, but he hasn’t sold out a screening in two years. As such, Holdsworth is still not sure whether he’ll make the $70,000 conversion to a digital projector, which all theatres will be required to do by January 2013.
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