Drive -in Theatre facing expensive technology improvement

PLYMOUTH - A local landmark is working to remain a local treasure.
Plymouth’s Tri-Way drive in theatre has long been a part of Marshall County tradition. It would be hard to find a native of the area that hasn’t been to a film at the venue.

“People have proposed during shows at the theatre,” said managerial assistant Cindy Hamilton who along with Dave Kinney owns and operates the drive in.

“There have been times when I would stop the film and make an announcement and hand the mike over to somebody who then proposed,” said Dave. “Thank God they all said yes or I don’t know what we might have had to do.”

Summertime has meant movies at the Tri-Way to generations of local residents and as has always been the case the theatre is working hard to keep up with changing times.

The Tri-Way is one of just a handful of drive in theatre’s left in the state of Indiana - literally around the country. The tradition of the ‘50s drive in has seen it’s better days in some places, but in Plymouth staying in front of the trends has been the key to survival. That effort isn’t without cost.

By the end of the year all theatre’s in the country will be required to have digital projectors in order to screen current films. That means the swapping out of four 35 mm projectors on four screens at the Tri-Way at a cost of $300,000. With a commitment to playing first run movies in a unique setting for local residents the theatre is putting together a campaign to be sure that the screens will stay lit for the foreseeable future.

(To find out more about the theatre's efforts to raise funds for the improvement, check out today's edition of The Pilot News.)