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This photo was taken in September 1951, the accompanying newspaper ad has been added to the photo section.
The correct opening date was November 13, 1957. An image of the ad has been posted.
Labor Day weekend 1969
The final ad for the Northtown Theatre was placed on July 15, 1958. The ad image has been posted on the photo page.
The drive-in in this photo is not the Capri.
Here’s a couple of 1972 aerials…
South Anderson Reopening Ad 4/27/56
Updated Denniston page: michigandriveins.com/denniston66.asp
I’m sorry to see this joint in such rough shape now. It was in very nice condition when I visited it in 2001. That marquee was just beautiful then, it breaks my heart to see it all beat-up!
The Lakes screen was dismantled and about a third of it was used to erect a small screen at the Galva Autovue Drive-In in Galva, IL. The upper neon portions of marquee were saved and restored, one side has been listed on ebay a few times, the other side is hanging in a garage in metro Detroit.
Detroit’s Westside Drive-In had an identical tower: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/11103
After comparing it to the 1984 photo I just added, I question whether this photo on drive-ins.com is actually the Westside: http://www.drive-ins.com/pictures/mitwes2002.jpg
The Westside in Cleveland had an idential screen tower: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/7765/photos/78618
We are still trying to nail down the exact location of this drive-in. If anyone has any ideas, I’d like to hear them.
Since it was the only drive-in in town when it opened, the original name was simply Drive-In Theater. It was renamed the Division in late 1948 or early 1949. The next name change came around 1962 when it became the Stardust.
We have some old aerials posted at michigandriveins.com/55hi120.asp.
This was one of Harry Mohney’s porno drive-ins at the end of it’s run. The address listed here is incorrect. It was located at the southwest corner of 40 and 231, south of Greencastle.
What book is 904 pages?
The Parkside Drive-In actually opened 4/27/49. It’s second screen opened in July 1978, and it was renamed the Sundance Kid in 1987. It was advertised alongside the Butch Cassidy Drive-In with similar ads, so I’m assuming they were under the same ownership.
The Butch Cassidy Drive-In was located at 1443 Woodville Rd, Millbury, OH 43447-9706. It opened as the Woodville Drive-In on 7/15/49. It was renamed the Eastside Drive-In in May 1958, then the Butch Cassidy in May 1982. It closed in 1989.
The Miracle Mile’s 2nd screen opened in May 1977.
I don’t see a listing for the Toledo Drive-In here. This is supposed to be a photo of it from 1950. I am trying to find it’s exact location, I believe it was on Detroit Ave. Does anyone know about this one?
It’s a shame they replaced that beautiful original marquee with an unattractive plastic sign. The Starlite on the other side of Toledo had a very similar marquee, check it out here.
Here’s a permanent link to a photo of the Miracle Mile, very unique marquee. The Telegraph page can be found here. The Toledo area also had the Franklin Park, Toledo, Starlite, Jesse James, Maumee, and Parkside (Sundance Kid) drive-ins. I’m looking for a short-lived “Butch Cassidy Drive-In” that was supposedly near Northwood, anyone know about this one?
A now vacant Showcase Cinemas is on the site, see a photo here.
The address was 4060 N. West St. Lima, OH 45801-1000.