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September 20, 2013

Graham Drive-in: The little drive-in that could!

By CLINT FOSTER

"Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse wouldn't quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out." - Frank Abagnale Sr., "Catch Me If You Can."

As Christopher Walkin's character from that 2002 film might say: "Gentlemen, as of this moment, the Graham Drive-In is that second mouse."

Faced with the possibility of having to close and go dark a few weeks ago, the beloved local drive-in movie theater has announced that it has won the expensive digital projector it so desperately needed to stay open.

The Graham Drive-In announced its victory in Honda's nation-wide Project Drive-In contest in which people voted for five outdoor theaters that most deserved this pricey upgrade to survive the switch to all-digital films. Graham joined drive-ins in Maine, Michigan, Illinois and Oregon as the first five winners.

"We're just on cloud nine," Graham Drive-In owner Pam Scott said.

"We're so excited about all the support that we got and are just humbled by our fan club. Sometimes you realize how special something is after you lose it and then it's too late. But this time around, people really didn't want that to happen."

In celebration of their victory, the drive-in held an impromptu tailgate party before the Graham Steers big football game against Abilene Wylie on Friday night. Scott said a large crowd gathered at the drive-in, including the Graham High School drum line, and Scott got an opportunity to personally thank everyone on a bullhorn while they enjoyed free popcorn and drinks. After the party, Scott said about 200 people stayed for one of two screenings of "Smurfs 2."

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