After reading the article and comments about the Stephens City Drive-in raising money for a digital projector, I can't help but give my opinion. I'm sure a lot of people in the area can remember a time they went to the drive-in when they were younger with their parents. All the great times they had and the reasonable rates. Why not keep that tradition with your own family now?
Times have changed, so the digital projection is understandable. What I do not understand is how people are commenting that it's a rip-off for the community to help raise the money. To keep our local businesses alive, we have to contribute somehow.
Why not donate money for a historic fun attraction in our area? It's a different experience than just going to your regular theater. Not only do you get to watch one movie, but two movies at a price of $8.50. That is amazing. Whereas, if I went to a regular theater then I would be spending $10-12 for one movie plus having to listen to people talk during the whole movie.
I believe that if our community comes together and donates some money, then the drive-in could reach at least half of the amount they are looking for. Buying the food at their concession stand, T-shirts, bringing more people per vehicle, and purchasing season passes are all good ways to bring in more money.
In closing, I think we as a community should stop complaining about what we don't have but take advantage of what we do have. By supporting are local businesses and having places for our families and children to go would make our area a better, productive and safer place. Why not take care of them?!
J. Buckingham, Bentonville