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The M-78 did not open as a single screen. It was a twin from day one, screen three opened in 1977. More at http://michigandriveins.com/m7856.asp
The Coldwater Drive-In was open thru the summer of 1967. The blurry photos are vidcaps from an old home movie by the owner of the Capri Drive-In. They are the only known images of this drive-in. If anyone has better photos, please share them with us. Here is an updated link: http://michigandriveins.com/coldwater107.asp
Looks like 51 is also Business 31.
The Niles original screen tower burned down in July 1965. Read the news article here: http://michigandriveins.com/niles72.asp
Opened 5/28/49, closed 9/13/85, demo’d 5/18/90. http://michigandriveins.com/skyway25.asp
Ken, the address in your ad does match this drive-in.
Here is the link for the new Dearborn Drive-In page: http://michigandriveins.com/dearborn26.asp
Here’s the 1958 Aerial.
Here’s the 1966 Aerial View.
Thanks for posting the links to the americanclassicimages.com site Lost Memory, there’s some great old shots on that site! Here’s a 1999 shot I took of the original marquee.
The Lansing Drive-In was not a portable theater. Apparently there was renumbering in the past as CWalczak suggests. I found the 5097 address on the county assessor website. Looking at 5097 on Google Maps will take you to the exact site, the 5509 address takes you about ¼ mile south of this site. The Ingham County Human Services building on the site actually uses 5303 for an address.
All of the research (addresses, opening dates, owners, opening ads, etc.) found on Waterwinterwonderland.com was done by me, and originated at Michigandriveins.com. Drive-ins.com and Cinematour.com also “adopted” much of this research.
I’m still looking for any photos of the Lansing Drive-In. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. I wonder if a Butterfield Theatres photo archive exists.
The former Northtown site has been a vacant lot since the theatre was torn down, there’s no book store near there. Photos are posted here.
Here’s an updated link.
IMO, the Miracle Twin will never reopen. There’s no “saving” it. If NA sells the property, I’m sure there will be a clause preventing it from ever reopening as a theater. It will sit and rot, just like so many of their other drive-ins did. It’s closure has nothing to do with the economy or NA’s current troubles, it’s coincidental.
The owner, Lou Warrington, passed away on February 18th, 2009. According to a Flint News story, the family will open the drive-in for more year as a tribute to Lou. Please come out often this summer and experience this fantastic theater. Lou and the 23 will be missed.
US-23 photos here.
Here’s a 1957 aerial of the Hillside.
Does the Quo still stand?
Here is a 1966 aerial.
Here is a 1980 aerial.
Here is a 1966 aerial image.
Here is a photo I assume is the Johnny All Weather. Maybe someone can verify it. Here is a 1966 aerial photo.
Here’s an aerial shot from 1962.
There was another Double Drive-In in Chicago, it was located at 87th and Cicero St. Here’s an aerial shot from from 1951.
Here’s an aerial shot from 1972.
Here’s an aerial shot from 1974