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steelbeard1 commented about Parts of iconic Mission Drive-In come down on May 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

While it’s sad that drive-in go, at least the marquee and historic screen tower will remain and there will be park space in front of the tower allowing for occasional screenings of movies.

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steelbeard1 commented about "New" US 23 Drive-in Theatre will reopen for the season under new management on May 8 on May 5, 2009 at 5:46 pm

There is a video report at…
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steelbeard1 commented about "New" US 23 Drive-in Theatre will reopen for the season under new management on May 8 on May 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

The Flint Journal reports on this at View link which quotes me and mentions adding a fourth screen next year.

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steelbeard1 commented about Miracle Twin Drive-In on Apr 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm

The property has been put up for sale. The online listing is at…
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The price is $2 million.

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steelbeard1 commented about Showcase Cinemas Flint East on Apr 22, 2009 at 6:50 pm

I found the online for sale listing at…
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steelbeard1 commented about National Amusements theater auction sparks interest on Mar 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Michigan has only two NA theaters left, the Showcase Cinemas locations in Ann Arbor and Flint. In the Flint area, NA has two vacant properties, the former Showcase Cinemas in Burton and the Miracle Twin Drive-in Theatre.

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steelbeard1 commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 22: Detroit) on Mar 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

There’s a vintage article about the modifications made to the Music Hall to accomodate Cinerama at View link The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is a magnificent facility and a Detroit treasure. The Summit (formerly the Cass) is no more. The Northland was a suburban theater in Southfield which is now called the Millenium Centre.

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steelbeard1 commented about New US 23 Drive-In on Mar 14, 2009 at 12:25 pm

There’s a 1997 interview with Lou Warrington posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXCJXvHZ40

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steelbeard1 commented about Miracle Twin Drive-In on Mar 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Actually, National Amusements has been having its problems lately if you’re been following news developments concerning boss man Sumner Redstone (also the boss at CBS and Viacom) feuding with his daughter Shari Redstone who runs NA. In Michigan, NA has just two theaters left: the Showcase Cinemas West in Flint and the Showcase Cinemas Ann Arbor in Ypsilanti.

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steelbeard1 commented about Miracle Twin Drive-In on Mar 3, 2009 at 2:35 pm

The answer is no based on this E-mail reply from National Amusements:

Thank you for contacting us with your inquiry. National Amusements closed the Miracle Twin Drive-in for the season in September of 2008 and will not be reopening the theatre. National Amusements offered the theatre employees positions in the company’s local indoor theatres. We wish to thank our loyal patrons who have shared great movies and memories with us over the years, and hope to see them at our other area theatres.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Regards,
Wanda Whitson

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steelbeard1 commented about New US 23 Drive-In on Feb 28, 2009 at 4:01 pm

The Warrington family will reopen the drive-in for one more season in late April in Lou’s memory. Lou’s widow, 75-year-old Diane Warrington will manage it again with granddaughter Avery Warrington running the refreshment stand. Eldest son Lou Warrington III is not interested in holding onto the drive-in so after it closes this fall, it will be put up for sale. My fear is that in a couple of years, it could be a larger Kroger store to replace the smaller one next door.

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steelbeard1 commented about University of Michigan may make use of the Capitol Theatre on Feb 13, 2009 at 3:49 am

If UM could put another Barton organ in the Capitol, that would be a great move. The Capitol’s organ was donated to the Flint Institute of Music and moved there after Butterfield Theatres first closed the Capitol Theatre in 1976.

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steelbeard1 commented about NCG Courtland Cinemas on Jan 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I can add that after the nearby Showcase Cinemas Flint East closed, this cinema was converted to a full-price first-run house.

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steelbeard1 commented about Courtland Cinemas close on Jan 20, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Of course, the former message on the Cinema 10 attraction board said to visit the Showcase Cinemas Flint West, Courtland Cinemas and Miracle Twin Drive In. Sorry for the typo.

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steelbeard1 commented about Beltline Drive-In on Nov 19, 2008 at 3:09 pm

The Beltline Drive-In Theatre was overtaken by the adjacent Studio 28 Theatres which announced its closing on November 2008. See
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steelbeard1 commented about First 20 screen theatre to close on Nov 19, 2008 at 3:08 pm

There is a web site by Jack Loeks Theatres devoted to the closing Studio 28 at View link with a timeline at View link

The Studio 28 was built on a portion of the Beltline Drive-in Theatre site in 1965 as a single screen theater. Over the years it added more screen overtaking a putting golf course and eventually the drive-in itself to become the 20 screen megaplex which is now closing due to competition from glitzier megaplexes including their Celebration Cinemas.

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steelbeard1 commented about Outdoor theaters dwindling, but still drawing movie fans on Jul 2, 2008 at 7:31 pm

If you read the linked article, you will noticed that I was quoted in it.

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steelbeard1 commented about Capitol Theater on Jun 8, 2008 at 10:10 am

The “Mother, Jugs and Speed” and “Mega Bowl” marquee messages go back to the filming of the film “Semi-Pro” in Flint last year. The two-disc expanded edition of the “Semi-Pro” DVD includes a documentary titled “Four Days in Flint” which includes scenes filmed at the Capitol Theatre including those cut from the finished film. For the filming, the marquee got a makeover so that it became fully functional electrically for the first time in many years.

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steelbeard1 commented about Drive-in theaters celebrate 75th anniversary on Jun 7, 2008 at 5:17 am

After the first drive-in theater opened, Wilson Shankweiler passed through Camden, NJ and saw that drive-in theater. He had some vacant land behind his hotel in Orefield, PA near Allentown. So he decided to turn that vacant land into a drive-in theater which opened in 1934. Today, Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre is the oldest drive-in theater and is still in operation.
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http://www.shankweilers.com

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steelbeard1 commented about Final season for drive-in movies in the Flint area? on May 19, 2008 at 7:30 pm

I paid my respects tonight. Todd also had a heart attack last year, but he obviously did not recover. In talking to the Warrington family members at the funeral home, I’m left with the impression that most of the family members are determined to keep the US 23 DI open. Lou was there. He lost weight, has back, blood pressure and kidney problems, but he’s determined to recover from his health problems. Let’s all hope for Lou’s full recovery and for the “23” to stay open.

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steelbeard1 commented about Final season for drive-in movies in the Flint area? on May 18, 2008 at 8:52 pm

On top of everything else, I learned that Todd Warrington, Lou’s son died Friday. He was just 45. His online obituary is at…
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steelbeard1 commented about Final season for drive-in movies in the Flint area? on May 13, 2008 at 4:06 pm

You’re welcome. If anyone reading this is in the Flint area and there is a movie you would like to see, if it’s playing at either the US 23 Twin DI or the Miracle Twin DI, please see it there. At the “23” to help out the Warrington family or at the Miracle Twin to convince National Amusements to keep it open.

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steelbeard1 commented about Lebowsky rebuilding update on Mar 30, 2008 at 8:58 am

On the “Father of the Bride” show, the $10 admission mentioned in the above story is just for the ‘wedding reception.’ The Argus-Press has a story on the show at View link Tickets (or in this case, ‘invitations’) are $12 for adults and $5 for High School and below. The West Annex only seats 100, so get your ‘invitations’ early. Check the above OCP newsletter link for further details.

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steelbeard1 commented about Theater fixtures and items for sale on Mar 4, 2008 at 7:56 pm

Judging by the phone number, could the equipment be from the closed State Theatre in Benton Harbor, MI?
/theaters/14282/

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steelbeard1 commented about Tornado damages theatre on Feb 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Mr. Robitaille is referring to the Sun Theatre in Williamston, MI which is listed in Cinema Treasures at /theaters/4214/
I wish you luck in getting the facade restored.