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      Community party kicks off new season at the drive-in

      The Cherry Bowl Drive-In theater in Honor is celebrating a new digital projector.

      A northern Michigan landmark is driving home the importance of community Thursday.

      The Cherry Bowl Drive-In theater in Honor is celebrating a new digital projector. The drive-in owners had to update its projector system last year, or face possible closure.

      The digital projector was purchased after winning Honda's Project Drive-In campaign, which is helping small movie theaters across the country upgrade to digital systems.

      The Cherry Bowl Drive-In will open for the season with a special throw-back showing of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" Thursday night.

      The special event is presented by the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce .

      Gates open at 6 p.m. with face-painting, games and music. The movie starts at dusk.

      Tickets for the movie and all activities are $10 in advance or $13 at the gate. Children under 6 are free. Ticket price includes: Movie, small pop, small popcorn, games and activities.

      Cherry Bowl Drive-In will show a double feature starting Friday with "The Amazing Spider Man" and "The Monuments Men"

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