Midland Drive-In

1299 Angela Schmidt Foster Road,
Midland, ON L4R 1A1

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Midland Drive-In Entrance

The Midland Drive-In opened around 1953.

Contributed by Charles Smith

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

thanks Chuck,Screen sorta looks new.

MichaelKilgore on August 24, 2017 at 2:21 pm

The Midland appears to have been around for quite a while. Here’s the Motion Picture Almanac data.

1953-54: Theatre Amuse., capacity 300.

1959: Thea. Amuse. Co., 300.

1963: Regional, 300.

1969: 300.

1972-76: 404.

MichaelKilgore on August 24, 2017 at 2:54 pm

There’s a fresh Google Street View closeup from October 2016. It shows that between December 2003 and now, they added a second message board to the screen tower.

MichaelKilgore on August 24, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Phew! Here’s the best I could find for the Midland, a July 25, 2008 article in the Midland Mirror, retrieved via The Internet Archive. It verified room for 400 cars.

Babcock brothers Dave and Paul bought Midland’s Odeon Theatre (later to become the Roxy) along with the drive-in in 1982. They already owned the Penetanguishene’s Pen Theatre, purchased in 1972 and expanded to the Pen Twin in 1979.

… In August it will be three years since Paul’s death and two years since Dave died doing what he loved – working at the drive-in. When Paul and Dave passed away the drive-in went to the brothers’ wives Teresa and Heather. They asked Dave’s children Mark and Stacey and their spouses to lend a hand with the operation.

… “We updated the sound this year,” Gord (Cox, Stacey’s husband) said. “The digital sound is now as good as your car stereo quality. We boosted our FM receiver and you can pick up the drive-in at the angels in Penetang.”

For much more, click that link at the top.

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