Drive-in Theater Might Close after 46th Season

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By Octavio Abea

Cottage View Drive-in in Cottage Grove off of Highway 61 is looking over plans to turn into a Wal-Mart Supercenter, which could make their 46th season their last.

Gerry Harringer, Cottage View Drive-in's owner, told Fox 9 that he is said to see the theater go, but buying a new digital projector as much as $90,000 to accommodate new technology is not a smart investment to make in a struggling industry.

Brent Peterson, director of the Washington County Historical Society, wants to preserve the dive-in's sign because of it is "iconic," the Pierce County Herald reports.

Hundreds of movie-goers attended opening night to show support for the drive-in, Fox 9 reports.

Only a handful of drive-in theaters exist in Minnesota and the struggle is far from over with the switch from film to digital movie making in 12 to 18 months, the Pierce County Herald reports.

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