In a June 29, 2018 photo, Dave Quincer, owner of the Starlite Drive-In Theater, walks around outside the ticket booth during the first movie in the double feature at the Starlite Drive-In Theater in Litchfield, Minn. (Lacey Young/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

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.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that 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.


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