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Battering winds may mean final reel for P.E.I. drive-in

It may not be worth repairing the damage from a storm last week to one of P.E.I.'s two drive-in theatres, says its owner.

It may not be worth repairing the damage from a storm last week to one of P.E.I.'s two drive-in theatres, says its owner.

The screen of the Princess Pat Drive-in in Cascumpec, in West Prince, sustained significant damage in last Monday's storm, which brought 100 km/h winds to the Island.

Owner Anna White of Charlottetown said the screen survived Hurricane Juan in 2003. Following that storm insurance companies refused to provide coverage for the outdoor screen, so the cost of repairs will have to come out of her pocket.

White hasn't been up to Cascumpec yet to assess the damage, but she told CBC News on Tuesday that business was slow last year, and she's not certain the screen will be worth fixing.

"When you're running the show for 10, 15 cars, that really doesn't pay for the thing to operate," said White.

"You have to have somebody at the box office, you have to have somebody at the canteen. I don't know what's going to happen. I have to go up and take a look."

The Princess Pat Drive-In opened in 1961. White has been the owner for 12 years.

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