Big Mo Drive-In

5822 Columbia Highway N,
Monetta, SC 29105

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Monetta Drive-In

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 803.685.7949

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Big Mo Drive-In

Opened on April 30, 1951 as the Monetta Drive-In. The Monetta Drive-In closed in 1986. In 1998 Richard Boaz purchased the drive-in and re-opened it in 1999 as the Big Mo Drive-In. It has a capacity for 250 cars.

On May 6, 2011, a third screen was added.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

yeah, it really is a nice location about 13 miles off 1-20,but about 40 miles from my house.Took the kids a few times. I wrote a feature article on the DRive-ins in Augusta for a free news weekly here.I am sure you have those kinds of papers in Nashville.they tend to go after the younger crowd of readers. The Big-mo was included by another writer.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Big-Mo is going on Sixty Years.i hope the Aiken Standard, Daily Newspaper does a good article on the Big-Mo.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

TONIGHT SCREEN THREE OPENS.Big Mo.Com.First movies are “SOUL SURFER” and “RIO”.Started with one screen now three,last time visted there was only the one screen.I guess they are doing better than Thought because they truly are in the middle of nowhere.

Trey Simmons
Trey Simmons on July 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

So, on Labor Day weekend, they are showing Grease, Back to the Future, and Jaws as a triple feature. I am very excited about this, as I have always wanted to see Jaws on a big screen!

Trey Simmons
Trey Simmons on September 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Went out here last night (Aug 2nd 2011) and saw the triple feature of Back to the Future, Grease and Jaws. They now have 3 screens here, a new one opened in may. The new screen is the screen the triple feature ran on. Fairly good crowd for this triple feature. The other 2 fields had good crowds as well. Ill do a little review of each print of the movies they ran. 1. Up first was Back to The Future. Awful print. Choppy, spotty, jumpy, green and yellow. All in all, it was still great to see this classic on a big screen again. 2. Grease Sing A Long version. I hate these updates they do to movies. Original Grease is a good movie…..this version was not needed in my opinion. Side note, about 80 percent of the crowd left after Grease. Best movie of the night coming up, and everyone leaves???? Ah, what do they know????!!! 3. Jaws.Beautiful print of the movie. This is one of my all time fave movies, and finally seeing it on big screen, I was blown away. Print was crisp, sharp, vibrant colors……The ending scenes out on the ocean simply blew me away, I felt I was out there on the water myself. Jaws was made for the big screen,and it shows. This was my first trip to the Big Mo, and I will be back. Nice place they got out there…no big frills, but no big price either (7 bucks a person for the triple feature). They allow coolers and food brought in (no glass or alcohol). Me and my wife brought our own food and drinks, but we did buy some popcorn and candy from the concession. Prices at the concession were very fair. I will never visit Regal again after going here !!! Not that I went there much in the first place…….. If you have not visited, do your self a favor and ride out one weekend…..well worth it. Make sure and bring a portable radio, as the sounds come in over FM bands. And,you can bring chairs and sit in front of your car…..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm

nice review, sometimes they get a little talky at intermission explaining movie prices…lol.

SteveSwanson on September 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

Congrats to Richard Boaz & ‘The Big Mo’ for winning a new projector from projectdrivein. With 3 screens, every little bit helps to stay open.

cccmoviehouses on February 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

The Big Mo, one of just a few remaining drive-ins. It’s like going back in time. So glad they won the contest last year for new digital projectors, I sure did cast a vote for them. I hope they will stay in business a long time, way to go Big Mo!

MichaelKilgore on November 20, 2017 at 9:10 am

The 1952-56 Theatre Catalogs listed the Monetta as owned by Sam Bogo, capacity 230.

In the 1952-66 Motion Picture Almanacs, the Monetta was owned by Twin City Amusement Co., capacity 200. It was off the list for 1969-76.

In the 1978 edition, the owner was J. Warren, capacity 210, which is how it stayed through the 1988 edition, again showing that the MPA didn’t always notice change.

Richard and Lisa Boaz added a second screen in 2005, and as noted above, a third screen in 2011.

There was a lightning strike June 18, 2017 that knocked out all three screens. They were all up and running by June 22.

MCompton on July 13, 2018 at 6:42 am

Big Mo named as one of Top 25 Drive-Ins by Architectural Digest:

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