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McHenry Drive-In Plans ‘Fright Fest’ Fundraiser To Remain Open

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Looking for a good horror classic? The McHenry Outdoor Theater will be scaring the pants off moviegoers all weekend.

“This weekend is what we are calling the ‘Drive In Massacre.’ We are showing four old-school horror movies with the vintage trailers, and we are going to have vendors,” said theater owner Scott Dehn.

It’s all part of their plan to keep the doors open, Dehn said.

Old drive-ins like The McHenry will have to convert to digital soon, which will cost $130,000.

Dehn said he still hopes he can raise that money before the deadline.

“The support has been tremendous, but we still have the whole way to go,” he said. “We’ve only raised $5,000 of the more than $100,000 that we need to pay for the digital equipment.”

Hollywood studios have vowed not to distribute their movies in any other format than digital after the end of this year.

The drive-in will be showing “Monster Squad”, “Zombie”, “Sleepaway Camp” and “House of Exorcism” Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The McHenry Outdoor Theater, 1510 Chapel Hill Road, has been around since the 1940s. It shows movies on weekends through the fall. It has about 600 parking spots.

The McHenry Outdoor Theater – Golden Age Cinema Facebook page has more information if you’re interested in helping maintain the theater. You can also go to kickstarter.com or goldenagecinemas.com.

Honda has also started a campaign called Project Drive In. Go to ProjectDriveIn.com and vote for the McHenry Theater. The outdoor theater with the most votes gets free digital equipment.

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