Monetta, SC (WLTX) - This time last year we told you about the Big Mo in Monetta on the brink of closing because all movies were about to switch to digital projection.
Now the move has happened and it's been a death sentence for most drive-ins, but because the Big Mo won a digital projector from Honda they were able to keep their doors open.
"I'm use to ridding down highway one and seeing the huge line, it's like tradition almost," said Rosey Davis.
Seeing a long line on a Friday night in Monetta could have been a thing in the past after all movies switched to digital this year.
Owner Richard Boaz says they would have to spend close to $200,000 to make the switch but got a little help from residents and Honda to stay open.
"It hurt the pocket but one thing about the contest and the support and the support we get every weekend is humbling and it makes it a lot easier to do," said Boaz.
"I just think it is really cool to watch a movie outside and get that experience," said Davis.
Davis is from Batesburg and grew up coming to the Big Mo. She couldn't imagine coming home from college and not seeing the parking lot full of cars on the weekend.
"It's been here my entire life and it's a part of my parent's life. That's how it began with them and their generation."
Honda donated a digital projector that runs about $75,000. The Big Mo has three screens so they had to buy two more projectors. Boaz is just thankful that the community has supported them because the switch has made some drive-ins close their doors for good.
"Would we have wanted to show 35mm film and saved all that money? You bet! But unfortunately or fortunately however you may look at it this is the way business is down now. "