PUEBLO - A spring snowstorm passed.

A final check of the new $200,000 digital projection system was glitch free.

And the memories from last year's outpouring of public support still burn bright.

The stars are definitely out and aligned for one of the biggest seasons ever for Mesa Drive-In, according to Canon City businessman Chuck James, who with his wife, Marianne, rescued the outdoor theater from closure in 1994.

Friday marked the opening night of the season for drive-in, one of the state's last five outdoor theaters and the largest of the bunch with three screens. The others are in Monte Vista, Denver, Fort Collins and Delta.

James credits local drive-in fans, including those from Colorado Springs, for the past two decades of success.

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