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Illinois drive-in tries to raise money to buy a future

MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) -- Scott Dehn fell in love with movies as a boy at the McHenry Outdoor Theater. He loved them so much that he bought the place.

But now Dehn's drive-in faces the same uncertain future as drive-ins around the country. Hollywood movies won't be available on film much longer so theaters have to convert to digital projection.

The McHenry is trying to raise about $130,000 to pay for a projection system and other related renovations.

Dehn won't say exactly how much the theater in McHenry has raised but he told the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights it has a long way to go.

Some theaters have already made the switch.

The Catlow Theater in Barrington raised about $100,000 and bought a new projector to stay open.

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