Night has just fallen, and the projector at the drive-in shone on the rows of parked cars filled with eager movie-goers. The opening music played into each cars' speakers, and the show began.
For the metro area, there will be only one drive-in left after the Cottage View Drive-In closes this month to make room for a Wal-Mart, the Pioneer Press reported.
"This is going to be the closing of an era," owner Gerry Herringer, 77, told the Pioneer Press.
The city of Cottage Grove has a different opinion. "It's a good thing for the city," said Mayor Myron Bailey.
The new Wal-Mart store will create 300 jobs as well as act as a "catalyst" for more new businesses, according to the Star Tribune.
"It's sad to see it leave," local woman Carolyn Muhvich, 18, said.