Ford Drive-In

10400 Ford Road,
Dearborn, MI 48126

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NeonMichael
NeonMichael on August 14, 2017 at 12:21 am

BTW, the Ford can’t hold 3000 cars any more. From the current aerial view on Google Maps, you can see the separate, four-field area (with a chemical plant(?) in between) is now becoming overgrown. The Henry Ford wrote that the Ford-Wyoming could handle 3000 at its peak with all nine screens, prompting those “largest drive-in in the world” claims.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on August 14, 2017 at 12:08 am

Screen evolution clues from the Detroit Free Press back issues:

July 1982: apparently still one screen

1983-85: “Ford Wyoming 1-2-3” three screens

July 11, 1986: “The Ford Wyoming started with one screen, now has four, and (manager Ed) Szurek says he wished he had room for five more.”

July 1987: “Ford Wyoming 4” four screens

July 1988-90: 5 screens

July 1991-94: 8 screens; 6-8 listed as “2 blocks N of Ford Road”

July 1995: 9 screens; 6-9 listed as “2 blocks N of Ford Road”

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on August 13, 2017 at 11:18 pm

Not a lot of meat here, but this is the data dump for the Ford Wyoming in my Theatre Catalogs and Motion Picture Almanacs.

1952 TC: Exec: John Wafhen, and Mutual Ths., capacity 750.

1953-63 MPA: Mutual Theatres, 750.

1955-56 TC: C. W. Clark, and Cooperative Ct., 750.

1969-76 MPA: 750.

1982 MPA: H. Clark, 1000.

1984-88 MPA: Schafer.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

May 19th, 1950 grand opening ad in photo section.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2011 at 3:30 am

Owned by Mutual theatres in the Late Fifties, Bryan.

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on July 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

I guess they changed the name due to the failed 6-9 side. Wonder if they will yank the Wyoming letters of the main screen towers and the marquee

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 30, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Maybe I need to get a job at this drive-in they stay open late or is it early?

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Wow, they start movies at 2:30 am on a Wednesday night? Not like people in MI need to get up and go to work I suppose…

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on May 31, 2010 at 2:44 am

pictures of the screen demo

View link

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Name has been changed to Ford Drive-In it seems, dropping the Wyoming part now that those screens are gone. Website URL is now http://www.forddrivein.com/

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on May 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm

oh nevermind i see what you mean i spelled snackbar wrong LOL

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on May 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

standard drive-in food. popcorn chips hot dogs etc.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 23, 2010 at 9:18 am

The snakebar? What did they serve?

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on May 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm

the demo of the 6-9 is underway the snakebar has been cleaned out and they got to the end of may to pull down the screens. the screens were offered for free around the drive-in circuit but there were no takers.

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on April 9, 2010 at 7:22 am

its official the ford wyoming is now down to 5 screens. the website no longer lists the 6-9 only the 1-5 tab remains.

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on October 10, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I guess this was the last year for 6-9 according to the employees. the land lease expired this year.

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on June 24, 2009 at 11:49 pm

ok posted from the website starting 6/26 the 6-9 will be open daily.

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on May 7, 2009 at 8:18 am

any word if 6-9 will be re-opening this year

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on February 8, 2009 at 9:10 pm

the ford wyoming is now accepting all major credit and debit cards at the box office and food court.

Michigandriveins.com
Michigandriveins.com on April 22, 2008 at 2:13 am

The 6-9 reopens April 25, 2008.

lexmarks567
lexmarks567 on March 21, 2008 at 8:18 am

any word on whats happening with 6-9 they were up for sale thanks to the guy who owns the land.Mr.Shafer does not own the land on 6-9 only 1-5

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 29, 2006 at 12:14 am

This is the Ford-Wyoming 1-5. There is also a Ford-Wyoming 6-9 which opened in Dearborn in 1991. Here are links for both:
http://www.michigandriveins.com/detail.asp?id=144
http://www.michigandriveins.com/detail.asp?id=150

sdoerr
sdoerr on July 28, 2005 at 3:29 am

Also of note is that Wayne Amusements still owns and operates this drive-in, their only theater property. Mr. Shafer is still out doing the job, it’s great to see him carry on the legacy.