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The Blue Sky was operated by Arthur and Roger Robinson from 1948 until 1965. Sumner Redstone and his Northeast Theatre Corp. (National Amusements) came to Michigan in 1964, acquiring the Miracle Mile, Waterford and Pontiac drive-ins. They took over the Blue Sky in 1965 and owned it until it’s closure in 1987. New link: http://www.michigandriveins.com/bluesky79.asp
Also, the Walled Lake (E. Lake Dr. 1945-50) and the Walake (Maple Rd. 1956-86) were two different drive-ins.
NA opened a mutiplex down the road from the Miracle Twin many years ago, it is now closed. The Miracle Twin and the Kenwood both have veteran managers who are big drive-in fans.
Both of the owners have recently passed away, and the Devils Lake Drive-In has been permanently closed.
The Muskegon Auto Theatre opened 8/26/47, and showed it’s last movie on 9/1/80.
There is an old sign at near the western edge of the property, actually in the parking lot of whatever business is next door. It looks a lot like a drive-in marquee, but it isn’t exactly on the drive-in lot. Is this sign actually the Sherwood’s old marquee?
Bill Lyons, the “Epicure Tea Shop” is listed at 221 N. Washington Ave. in the 1945 through 1966 Lansing City Directories. It may have been listed there before 1945 also, I don’t have those books handy.
Plaza Theatre here: http://lostlansing.com/plazatheatre.asp
The 6-9 reopens April 25, 2008.
The Cascade actually closed August 31, 1987.
The Caro closed after a windstorm took down the screen in July, 1987. It never reopned and a Walmart was built on the site 1992.
So why was it closed and what will become of it?
Drive-ins.com now lists it as being closed.
That photo you linked to Lost Memory isn’t a new sign, it was there next to the entrance driveway when I was there in 2006. It looked like it had been there quite a while. Here are several photos I took of the Melody 49, here is what the original marquee looked like before they modified it.
Here is a 1957 photo of the Johnny All Weather marquee.
The Quo has a date with the wrecking ball this spring, what a shame.
Here is a link to my site on Lansing Theatres: http://lostlansing.com/theatres.asp
The Crest was open until at least 1987, maybe even as late as 1990. Ron/michigandriveins.com
They want to build a walmart there eh, what a shocker. I found the Bel-Air site on Google maps street view, the screens are definitely gone, bummer. That two sided screen was a very cool concept. There was also one in Indy (gone) called the Theatair Twin and the Admiral Twin in Tulsa, which is still open. Ron/michigandriveins.com
This drive-in is NOT demolished. The screen tower, snack bar and marquee remain. Ron/Michigandriveins.com
Targets was definitely filmed at the easily indentifiable Reseda Drive-In. But, you can also catch a quick glimpse of the Sepulveda Drive-In in the film. It’s briefly shown as the sniper drives past on the expressway. Ignore Peter Bogdanovich’s comments about drive-in’s on the DVD, he’s a complete moron.