Locals are digging deep to try and save their drive-in
THE campaign to keep the Tivoli Drive-In alive has raised more than $12,000 of its $100,000 goal in just over one week.
The popular community icon needs to raise the money to buy a digital projector because distribution companies plan to stop sending out films on 35mm reels at the end of the year.
The drive-in, which is run by the Rivers of Life Christian Church, donates all of its profits to charity and trains long-term unemployed for future work.
Drive-in operator Pastor Fred Muys said there had been great community support.
"We've had close to $12,000 in money received and pledged so far," he said. "There's been just over $6000 on the Indiegogo website, and about $3000 of support from businesses.
"But what's been really overwhelming is the support from people who have come to the movies with us over the last two weeks.
"We've had about $3000 from those people alone. The community has really rallied behind us."
He said the contribution movie-goers had made in such a short time proved to him how loved the drive-in was.
Pastor Muys said the next step for the campaign was to convince local business to get behind them too.
"We're very keen to get the business community on board," he said.
"We've had some good support so far, but it'd be great to be able to show them it's win-win for them."
The upper level of their crowd-funding campaign, calling for donations between $2000 and $10,000 comes with on-screen advertising and other promotional benefits through the cinema.
The Tivoli Drive-In is one of only two drive-in cinemas still operating in south-east Queensland.
To pledge your support to help the Tivoli Drive-In upgrade its equipment and keep its doors open visit keep-tivoli-drive-in-theatre.