University Drive-In

4100 Carpenter Road,
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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The University Drive-In was a big single-screen theater opened in 1965, located between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was demolished in 1985 and a Showcase Cinema was built on the site. The Showcase is still in operation in 2006.

Contributed by Frank Uhle

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jumbobrain
jumbobrain on August 10, 2009 at 11:24 am

This theater was part of the Butterfield chain, which ran numerous Michigan movie houses including the Michigan, State, Wayside and Campus in Ann Arbor…I don’t think they owned it, at least the operation was not directly supervised by Butterfield the way the other theaters were, but they did share ad space.

Around 1981 Butterfield sold out to a chain called Kerasotes, which may have been a factor in the University’s closure. Kerasotes didn’t last long either, and is mostly remembered for protests after they fired their union projectionists.

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