April 26, 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Big Mo, a popular drive-in theatre in Lexington County.
The Big Mo, also known as the Monetta Drive-In Theatre, was forced to shut down in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is hoping to reopen soon.
The drive-in theatre is located on Columbia Highway North in Monetta, South Carolina and features three different outdoor screens, where people have long come to catch a glimpse of Hollywood’s latest movie releases.
According to their website, “the 2021 season is tentatively scheduled to begin in late April/May. Several factors will be considered in choosing an opening date: the status of the virus, the progress of vaccinations, the availability of potentially profitable movies, and the ability to hire staff and service the projectors.”
While the safety of staff and patrons is the biggest priority for the Big Mo, opening the drive-in also relies heavily on the release of new movies. Due to the pandemic and the closing of most indoor theatres, many movie release dates have been pushed back.
However, officials are hopeful they will be back in business sometime this Spring.
Follow the Big Mo on social media for updates.