East Side Drive-In

19440 Harper Avenue,
Harper Woods, MI 48225

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East Side Drive-In

Locared in Harper Woods on Harper Avenue, this was the first drive-in to open in the Detroit area. It opened as the Drive-In on May 26, 1938. The movie on opening night was “The Big Broadcast of 1938” with W. C. Fields. It had a capacity for 675 cars. Later renamed East Side Drive-In, it was operated for many years by General Cinema Corporation. It was later part of the Wisper & Wetsman chain Car capacity in later years is listed at 970. In the 1970’s it was showing adult movies.

The East Side Drive-In closed around 1977 and was demolished a year later. The West Side Drive-In located in Oak Park (also long gone) was a sister theatre to the East Side Drive-In.

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DavidZornig on September 26, 2015 at 8:42 am

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