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Central Iowa is fortunate to have one of the 368 remaining drive-in theaters in the nation. But we could soon lose the Valle Theater in Newton if it doesn’t receive a little assistance.

Soon, movie distributors will stop providing 35-millimeter film reels.

The Valle will need a costly digital upgrade in order to keep playing movies.

The drive-in has a chance to win a digital projector and the public can help by voting for it at

You can vote once a day through Sunday.

Upgrading to digital projection costs roughly $80,000.