Niles Drive-In

2141 S. 11th Street,
Niles, MI 49120

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Niles Drive-In

The Niles Outdoor opened in August of 1948. It has gone through several names, Niles 31 Outdoor, 31 Outdoor and finally Niles Drive-In.

The car capacity was 1,000 and it was designed by Chicago architectural firm Rapp & Rapp (according to a report in the 1948-1949 edition of Theatre Catalog) by their architect at the time Robert K. Bauerle. It was originally single screen, later converted to two. It has gone through many owners according to the site. Indiana Illinois Theatres Inc., Niles Outdoor Theatre, Inc. 31 Outdoor Theatre Inc., and Kohlberg Theatres. Closing was possibly in 1985 according to the site. As of November 2008 the site was used for warehouse and self storage.

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Recent comments (view all 4 comments) on November 12, 2010 at 4:32 am

The Niles original screen tower burned down in July 1965. Read the news article here:

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on November 12, 2010 at 6:19 am

Wonder why it was called 31 Outdoor, since it’s located on 51? Maybe the Route number changed a while back… on November 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Looks like 51 is also Business 31.

garryasmus on July 12, 2018 at 9:54 pm

Silicon Sam

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