Eastside Drive-In

19440 Harper Avenue,
Harper Woods, MI 48225

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The Eastside, located in Harper Woods on Harper Avenue, was the first drive-in to open in the Detroit area. It opened in 1938 with space for about 1000 cars. Operated for many years by General Cinema Corporation, it was later part of the Wisper & Wetsman chain. In the 70s, it showed adult movies.

The theater closed in 1977 and was torn down a year later. The Westside Drive-In in Oak Park (also long gone) was the “sister” theater to the Eastside.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 12, 2008 at 8:59 am

The year given for this photo is 1956.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 12, 2008 at 9:10 am

The 1956 photo and a number of other photos can be seen here.

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