Cottage View Drive-In

9338 E. Point Douglas Road South,
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

950 cars

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The Cottage View Drive-In opened in August, 1966 and was closed on September 27, 2012. It had a capacity for 950 cars.

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retrojosh on January 17, 2007 at 11:42 am

The Cottage View, I think, is the most classic Drive-In left in the Twin Cities area, and with the exception of the Starlite in Litchfield, the state of Minnesota. This theater has been in threat of demolition for a couple of years now. Plans to rip it out for retail development are in the making right now. I have contacted the city of Cottage Grove’s planning department regarding the proposal. There is, at least for right now, an interest in saving and restoring the Cottage View’s sign. I would hope there is an effort being put into saving that lovely sign at the very least. I’m hoping people from the area, and folks who love classic theaters will insist on this. That sign is perhaps one of the best remaining examples of roadside architecture in the whole Twin Cities metro area. It would also make sense to incorporate the drive – in itself into the new development as well. Big box retail, like the one proposed to replace the Cottge View have HUGE parking lots that sit entirely empty come night. People who think that the land is too valuable to keep the Cottage View on the site should really think about this one.

KJB2012 on September 22, 2007 at 1:08 pm

Today’s (22. Sept 2007) Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a front page story about this Drive in. The news is not good. It sounds like this might be the last season. It seems the retail development is getting closer.

pst1431861 on March 10, 2010 at 10:50 am

does anybody know? will we be blessed with another season of
Movies at the Cottage View Drive in
Every year they talk about a retail developement

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Well,guys did it reopen or is there a Wal-Mart there?

TLSLOEWS on May 31, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Interesting looking Marquee.

CSWalczak on August 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

According to this article, the Cottage View Drive-in will close at the end of the 2012 season as the owner is declining to make the upgrade to digital projection: View link

CSWalczak on September 28, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Article and video about the final showing on 09-27-2012 can be read and seen here. Status showed now be changed to closed.

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