Traverse Drive-In

5520 US Highway 31,
Acme, MI 49610

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Traverse Drive-In

Listed in editions of Theatre Catalog as being located in Traverse City although it is closer to Acme in Williamsburg. The Traverse Drive-In was opened on June 30, 1950 with Donald O'Connor in “Curtain Call at Cactus Creek”. It was operated by Glenn Wallace and Bion Rockwell. By 1955 it was operated by Glenn Wallace of the W. Michigan Theatre Corporation. it operated into the 1980’s.

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TenPoundHammer on April 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

The site was bisected in the 1980s by a road called Mount Hope Road. Half of the site was obliterated in the late 1990s by a Holiday Inn Express. The other half is still a vacant field.

The theater indeed had an Acme address (49610), as the Holiday Inn Express is also an Acme address.

TenPoundHammer on May 11, 2011 at 7:18 am

Address was 5520 US-31, Acme, MI, 49610.

CMHurley on April 6, 2016 at 4:32 pm

I know the screen remained up in the early 1980’s, as we used to visit my Grandparents who had just moved to Traverse City in 1980. I distinctly remember seeing the screen with the words Grand Traverse Drive In on it. It was closed by then.

MichaelKilgore on July 12, 2017 at 9:48 pm

The 1959-1976 IMPAs showed capacity 350.

The 1982 IMPA shows the Traverse still there in Traverse City, run by H.J. Ringold, capacity 500. It was gone by the 1984 IMPA, replaced by the twin-screen Sundowner.

50sSNIPES on May 10, 2021 at 3:23 pm

Opened On June 30, 1950 With Donald O’ Connor in “Curtain Call At Cactus Creek” Along With A Cartoon And A Musical Short. The Traverse Drive-In Is Constructed By The Red Mill Lumber Company Of 115 North Hall Street In Acme, And Was Owned By The West Michigan Theatre Corporation.

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