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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.
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 companyâ€™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 donâ€™t hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
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.
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.
I can add that after the nearby Showcase Cinemas Flint East closed, this cinema was converted to a full-price first-run house.
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.
The Beltline Drive-In Theatre was overtaken by the adjacent Studio 28 Theatres which announced its closing on November 2008. See
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.
If you read the linked article, you will noticed that I was quoted in it.
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.
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.
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.
On top of everything else, I learned that Todd Warrington, Lou’s son died Friday. He was just 45. His online obituary is at…
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.
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.
Judging by the phone number, could the equipment be from the closed State Theatre in Benton Harbor, MI?
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.
A similar 1950s marquee hid details from the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor MI until it was removed and replaced with a smaller marquee which showed off the facade instead of hiding it.
Not in the Flint, Michigan area where there are two competing twin-screen drive in theaters still in operation from late April to early September.
Full video from WLS-TV has been posted on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGOmEhRfBhg
New photos of the interior of the Lyric Cinemas can be seen at View link which shows the carved up cinema treasure 4-plex being used as church. The church took down the wall separating cinemas 2 and 3 to create a sanctuary. The original ceiling was exposed when the tiles on the drop ceiling were removed which shows that the theater is restorable. A news story telling the history of the theater is at View link from The Ludington Daily News.
This follow up news story at View link compares this fire to the one last February which destroyed the Lebowsky Center in Owosso, MI. The story even quoted this writer.
A photo of the Lebowsky Center interior, taken a month before the fire during The Home Depot makeover, is at View link
About 200 seats under the balcony survived the fire. You can see a tour of the fire damage at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gju6f8e_D1M
I forgot to add that this theater was torn down long ago.