Breaking down southwest Michigan’s drive-in theaters

posted by Michael Zoldessy on June 16, 2008 at 10:40 am

In this chronicle, MLive.com discusses the state of southwest Michigan drive-in theaters.

This is the first in a three-part series looking at Southwest Michigan’s drive-in theaters. This summer marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the nation’s first drive-in theater in Camden, N.J. It’s also the 70th anniversary of the first Michigan drive-in theater, the Eastside Drive-In Theater in Harper Woods, which opened May 26, 1938, and closed in 1977. Today, there are nearly 400 theaters across the country and 10 permanent theaters in the state.

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