Miracle Mile Drive-In
5055 Jackman Road,
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The Miracle Mile Drive-In opened on November 26, 1954 with Spencer Tracy in “Broken Lance” (in CinemaScope) and Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan”. The car capacity was 1,500 with an expansion planned for the following spring to bring the total capacity to 1,870 cars.. The CinemaScope screen was 60 feet high & 120 feet wide, with the screen tower built to withstand winds of up to 125 MPH. The projection booth was located 425 feet from the screen, which made it one of the longest projection throws in the country. The drive-in was also equipped with individual car heaters that plugged into the speaker pole, and they could be rented at the concession stand. In the late-1970’s, it ran all winter long with in car heaters Brrr…
It was built and owned by Glass Mill Drive-In Theater Inc. at a cost of $450,000.00. The Theater Operating Co. was the operator/management of the drive-in. Theater Corp. of America took over ownership in 1961. In 1963, it was sold to Redstone/National Amusements. It was twinned in May 1977, the screens were named red & blue, and if you parked by the fence in the center, you could watch both movies at once. In the 1980’s, the Miracle Mile Drive-In was famous for being one of the first with radio sound and for its having an awesome marquee.
This theater still had a playground up front and a four lane concession stand in the late-1970’s. It also had three ticket booths and large spike rows at the gates. In 1976, a ticket cost $1.25, and pay was $1.90 an hour for ticket sellers. We sold a full line of hot dogs, foot longs, burgers, pizzas, popcorn, icecream, candy and more. At one point, we got a new platter projection system. Soon after, we showed “The Blob” with the second reel spliced in backward. Because it was platter, we had to show the whole thing backward and then work very late in order to re-show it frontwards.
In the early-1980’s, they were having a Flea Market and Farmer’s Market at the drive-in on Sunday’s. On October 14, 1985, $100,000.00 worth of damage was caused by a fire in the office/storage area in the base of the screen tower.
National Amusements closed the Miracle Mile Drive-In along with the Maumee Drive-In and Franklin Park Drive-In at the end of the 1986 season. It was later sold and demolished. A shopping center was built in its place, which now stands empty.
It was one of the dandy old classic drive-in theatres from Toledo, OH.
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