America's oldest drive-in goes digital with Barco, GDC and Ballantyne Strong
Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre in Orefield, PA, selected GDC Technology’s SX-2000AR server with Barco’s DP2K-32B projector and Ballantyne Strong for its digital conversion.
The oldest drive-in movie theatre in the United States, Shankweiler’s opened up for its 80th season in April 2013. The drive-in’s owners, Paul F. Geissinger and his wife, Susan, have been upgrading the theatre throughout the past three decades and successfully turned it into a Pennsylvania hangout for people of all ages during the summer months.
“I chose GDC Technology because I am deeply impressed by its outright desire to help the drive-ins, and its servers are very-well received by the industry for their reliability and ease of use,” said Paul Geissinger. “With Barco’s projector which is well-known and competitively priced, I am able to elevate the movie presentation quality to a new level with the brightest available output. I have great confidence in their respective abilities to help our transition from film to digital. It's comparable to switching from analog to high-definition television.”
“We are very pleased to help Shankweiler’s Drive-In with its conversion to a digital platform and further enhance the moviegoing experience for its customers,” said Ray Boegner, senior VP of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. “With more than 60 years of experience providing sound systems and 35mm projection systems to drive-in theatres, combined with our field services organization staffed by more than 50 service techs experienced in drive-in theatres and digital technology, Ballantyne Strong is an ideal partner to help Shankweiler’s Drive-In continue providing an outstanding entertainment experience.”
“GDC Technology is honored to partner with Barco and Ballantyne Strong on the digital rollout for Shankweiler’s Drive-in Theatre,” said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. “It means a lot more than just the digital-cinema deployment, but to support Shankweiler’s Drive-in Theatre’s commitment in preserving the America’s oldest drive-in with the best cinema technology.”