And then there was one. The Cottage View, one of the metro's two remaining drive-in theaters, might soon be replaced with a Walmart. Or a strip mall. You get the idea. A few people (over 7200 actually) think that's a terrible idea. So, a Facebook group was created. "If we can get Betty White on SNL - we can save this place!"
The comments in the discussion section reveal some of the problems that the theater is facing: Mann Theaters , who own the drive-in, are not interested in investing money in additional renovations. The place is "run off of well water which is contaminated and not drinkable". And probably the biggest problem of all: "modest profits that drive-in theaters earn can't compensate for rising property taxes on what has become prime suburban land."
So, how can they make money? A surprising number of people have chimed in with their ideas and suggestions. In a Facebook poll, 97% voters say they would you pay an additional $1 on admission if they knew it might help. Other suggestions include adding VIP seating, event "rooms", a stage for outdoor concerts, organizing theme nights, corporate events , etc, etc. Do you think Mann Theaters executives are reading this? We sure hope so. Hopefully they steal some ideas and put them to good use!
Submitted by @marrina.