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Apache Drive-In closes curtains for good

GLOBE, Ariz. -

The curtain closed Saturday night on the Apache Drive-In theatre in Globe.

It was one of the last two drive-in theaters in the entire state.

The Apache Drive-In has been a part of Globe for nearly 60 years and up until Saturday, the drive-in played movies on 35 millimeter film.

Now that movies have gone digital, the owners say it costs too much to keep up with the times.

Poodle skirts and classic cars were a blast from the past to celebrate the Apache Drive-In, which is now a thing of the past.

As the new generation shook it up, the older generation reminisced.

George Worrall and Art Thomas still remember sneaking into the drive-in back in the 60s.

They say they didn't go there to watch movies.

"We came to sit in the back row," said Worrall.

"Where the lights weren't on," said Thomas.

"A lot of making out to do back there. Oh you bet man, I'd go home, my lips would be hurting, chapped lips, yeah, but it wasn't this guy, with some very pretty ladies," said Thomas?

35 mm film projectors are sadly a thing of the past.

Apache Drive-in owner Bob Hollis says its too expensive to convert to digital.

"It's not feasible for us to spend the $100 plus $1,000 to convert this to digital," said Hollis.

Hollis' family opened the drive-in back in 1954.

For the last time, he threaded 35 millimeter film into a projector which has been running since 1974.

"You know, things change, times change and we have to adapt to it," said Hollis.

As the sun set behind the Pinal Mountains, the Apache Drive-In also faded into the dark.

"It's sad that the drive-in's closing. It's kind of like our past is drive-ins, not theaters," said Thomas.

Now that the Apache Drive-In has played its final feature, the only drive-in movie theater in the entire state is in Glendale.

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