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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:24 pm 
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Aruba Will Lose A Unique Landmark

March 25th 2009, Aruba.

BALASHI-The prominent drive-in theater in Balashi next to the main highway that connects
Oranjestad and San Nicolas will close for good. Meta Corporation, operator of the theater can not
make the necessary expensive investments needed to upgrade the projector to a digital format.
The delivery of 35 millimeter format films will be stopped shortly, and the operator is forced to
upgrade to a digital projector.

An exact date for the closure of drive-in is not known. The last film will most likely be played in
April. Meta Corporation has not revealed plans as to what will happen to the venue of drive-in.
According to an insider, the drive-in will be converted into a national entertainment center for
concerts and activities. The plan is put on hold as a consequence of the current economic crisis.

The drive-in has served the Aruban population for over 40 years. It will leave thousands of lasting
memories of family outings, romantic dates and blockbuster films. The drive-in in Aruba is one of
the few open air theaters left in the World, and their numbers are declining rapidly.

In addition to drive-in, Meta Corporation is the operator of Seaport Cinemas in Oranjestad and The
Cinemas at Paseo Herencia Mall in Palm Beach. The operator has had technicians flown over to
switch all projectors at both cinema complexes to digital format. In addition, one room at each
cinema complex will offer 3-D technology. Both rooms will carry the name Setar Auditorium.


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