COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (WCCO) – The Cottage View Drive-In, one of the only drive-in theaters in the metro area, will have its final showing Saturday night.
There has been talk over the last few years on several occasions of shutting down the drive-in movie theater, but each time the community rallied to save it. But last month, a final decision was made to close the theater.READ MORE: Data Show COVID Cases In Minnesota Schools Have Declined, But Experts Still Watching For Long-Term Trends
At least $70,000 was needed for digital projections and other upgrades to the equipment. Saturday night’s closing will end 46 years of movie history, and leave only one drive-in in the Twin Cities, the Valley High Drive-In in Lake Elmo.READ MORE: After WCCO's Eye-Opening Ride Along With Minneapolis Sergeant, Both Sides Of Policing Debate Give Very Different Takes
“There’s certainly demand for it. The nostalgia factor, the family factor and the memory factors. It would be great if we could get a replacement for it, but there’s quite a commitment there. So yeah, I think they Valley High is going to be pretty busy next year,” said Ed Stofferahn, one of the owners of the drive-in.MORE NEWS: Can You Get The Flu Shot And The COVID Vaccine?
The theater will show “The Amazing Spiderman” and “Hotel Transylvania” for its final two showings, which will begin at sundown.