The Tivoli Drive-In needs $100,000 for a new digital projector, or it will have to close.
The community cinema, west of Brisbane, is currently showing films off a 35 millimetre projector, out-dated technology which many modern films are already not released on.
Increasingly movies are delivered from suppliers to cinemas on hard drives rather than 35mm film reels and from the end of 2013, most major film distributors will cease supplying non-digital films.
Pastor Fred Muys, who runs the facility through the Rivers of Life Christian Church, said while the transition to digital projection made sense for suppliers and cinemas, the cost of the new technology was simply out of reach for community run organisations like the drive-in.
"Essentially we have five weeks to raise $100,000," he said.
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