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Article updated: 9/17/2012 12:34 PM

McHenry drive-in holding fundraiser to go digital

By Christopher Placek

The McHenry Outdoor Theater has been in existence since the 1940s, and its new owner hopes it can carry on into the future by converting from film to digital.

So it's fitting that one of the movies that will be shown during a fundraiser this fall to help pay for the theater's digital conversion will be "Back to the Future."

"I'd love to be able to convert for next summer," said Scott Dehn, who took over full ownership of the theater in January. Previously, he was a partner in a company that ran the theater.

The fundraiser at the theater is scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6, when all proceeds from ticket sales will help fund the new digital equipment. "Jaws" is the second part of the double-feature.

The McHenry theater, at 1510 Chapel Hill Road, shows movies on weekends through the fall. It has about 600 parking spots.

Dehn says he hasn't had problems getting films on 35-millimeter film from Hollywood distributors, but believes "sooner or later, prints are going to be a thing of the past."

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