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The Best Picture Show; Drive-In Movie Fans Band Together To Keep a Screen From Going Dark
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Drive ins; Motion pictures; Renovation & restoration
Author: Philp, Rowan
Date: Jul 17, 2000
Start Page: C.01
Section: STYLE

The Angels--who are [Sebert Hull]-bent on raising another $75,000 by April 2002 to buy the business--are so desperate for donations that they've stooped to using posters as cheesy as a pink one that reads "Hull's is where the heart is." Yet they've kept admission to $4 per adult and no charge for children under 12.

The petting already underway in most rows seems lighter than what Hull's was used to. Linda Rogers, another veteran of the concession stand, says: "A lot of kids in this town should be named Sebert, after Mr. Hull. I mean, I know a bunch of people got married after dating here, but I'm pretty sure some got conceived here, too."

As if signaled by the first child to fail to find his Frisbee in the growing gloom, manager and projectionist Wendell Bradley fires the opening image of "Dinosaur" more than 200 feet to the screen with a brand new 3,000-watt xenon bulb. The new system is eight times more powerful than Hull's old carbon arc setup, Bradley says, although it's still housed in the same huge, Gothic-style projector.

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