The contest will run from Aug. 9 through Sept. 9, and the voting will be completely online with a social media campaign.
Fini said, "The more support a theater has, the better. These theaters are independently or family-owned, so we're helping them take their stories online."
The theaters will be able to create their own pages linked under Honda's contest page, which is not yet operational, where they will compete with other drive-ins for a limited number of digital projectors. Community members will be encouraged to vote and to share by way of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
As more information becomes available and voting begins, Sands said they will make the public aware through their website, http://mtziondrivein.com, and their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mtziondrivein, where people can vote and find instructions on how to vote.
For now, Sands and her parents carry on as they always have, showing a double feature every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at dusk, on an old screen, behind some well-used playground equipment, in front of the star-swept skies.
If you hurry, you can still enjoy this passing piece of history -- at least until the end of this summer's season.
Want to go?
WHEN: At dusk on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
WHERE: Mt. Zion Drive-In Theater & Restaurant, 7540 S. Calhoun Highway, Mount Zion, WV 26151
TICKETS: Adults $7, children 5-10 $1 with paying adult
INFO: Call 304-354-9405 or visit http://mtziondrivein.com for current movies and show dates
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Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.