Manistique Drive-In

5876 W. US-2,
Manistique, MI 49854

350 cars

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Manistique Drive-In

The Cinema Two Drive-In was opened June 9, 1953. It was later operated by Delft Theatres and later by Bill Giles. It was closed in 2001. The ozoner listed a car capacity at 350 with a single screen. It is used for special screenings and events during the summer.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Schoolcraft County’s first drive-in formally opened on June 9, 1953, according to the following day’s report in The Escanaba Daily Press. Owner J. L. LeDuc also operated the Cedar and Oak Theatres in Manistique. His intention was to leave the Cedar Theatre closed during the summer months while the US-2 Drive-In was in operation. The new drive-in could accommodate 350 cars.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

After more than a decade of inactivity, the drive-in (now referred to as the Manistique) was open twice in 2016 for charity events. The Escanaba Daily Press reports they’re at it again.

“The Schoolcraft Tourism and Commerce will be showing Jurassic Park and Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet on Saturday, July 15, at the Manistique Drive-Inn theater.” Free admission, and concession sales benefit St. Francis de Sales School in Manistique.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 15, 2017 at 4:47 pm

WLUC, Upper Michigan’s News Leader, ran a story about the Manistique in September 2016. The report is now on YouTube.

David Vaughn told WLUC, “I was the second owner of the drive-in theater. It was built in 1953. Then I bought it in 1972 and ran it to 1995.” The report agrees that it had closed in 2001.

CJ1949
CJ1949 on June 15, 2019 at 7:18 pm

June 2019: building, screen and * part * of the sign are still standing.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 17, 2019 at 8:46 am

It may be that the Manistique has been quiet for a while now. The most recent event I could find was a scary triple feature on Oct. 28, 2018, as shown on the U.S. 2 unofficial Facebook page.

Two weeks later, a GoFundMe page launched with videos and a few details. “The Upper Peninsula Film Union with the help of mBank has been able to temporarily remove the drive-in from the market but we still need to raise funds to secure it permanently,” it said. “We really need funds soon to continue the work we have started, preserve and secure the the property and start getting ready for another fun season of drive-in events in 2019.”

There are still more details in the description of a short YouTube video that was posted in July 2018. “April and Jason Collins own the property on U.S. 2 and have allowed Don Erickson and Eric Sherbinow of the U.P. Film Union to produce movie events that bring back the bygone days of the drive in theater.”

Here’s hoping those U.P. folks can keep it going and eventually restore this drive-in.

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