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Both sides of the drive-in’s roadside sign are now completely boarded up with the boards whitewashed. The large expressway sign still looks the same as does the rest of the drive-in.
One more update, the drive-in will be open two more nights, Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7. Admission will be $10 per car. The drive-in will then close for the season. Details on their Facebook page at View link
The Drive-in’s Facebook page and web site gave updates. On Nightmare Castle, they are also allowing $7 admission for just the movie or $10 admission for just the Haunted Castle attraction. They are also staying open on weekends past Halloween, weather permitting, through Thanksgiving.
To update info, the US 23 Drive-in Theatre has three screens now.
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.
There is a video report at…
The Flint Journal reports on this at View link which quotes me and mentions adding a fourth screen next year.
The property has been put up for sale. The online listing is at…
The price is $2 million.
I found the online for sale listing at…
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.
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.
There’s a 1997 interview with Lou Warrington posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXCJXvHZ40
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…