Cherry Bowl Drive-In

9812 Honor Highway,
Honor, MI 49617

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Cherry Bowl Drive-In, Honor, MI

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The Cherry Bowl Drive-In, so named for its location in Michigan’s northwestern cherry growing region (in fact, the theater is still surrounded by cherry orchards today), opened in 1953.

In the late-1950’s, its single screen was enlarged to accomodate CinemaScope features. The screen tower is emblazoned with the drive-in’s name, and three bright red cherries on a blue background. The screen is said to be the largest in the northern part of the state.

Keeping with the Cherry Bowl’s classic 1950’s theme, not only is a double feature screened, but vintage cartoons and features, as well. The theater’s season is May through September, and in keeping with its wholesome atmosphere, doesn’t show films with a rating higher than PG-13.

The Cherry Bowl Drive-In is more than a movie experience, however, with a 1950’s-themed minature golf course, volleyball courts, batting cages and kiddie playground on its property—even a 1950’s-style diner is located at the drive-in!

In 2003, the Cherry Bowl Drive-In celebrated a half-century in business, continuing to live up to its motto of “Fine Film, Food, Fun and Family Entertainment.”

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

kencmcintyre on June 10, 2009 at 12:48 am

Here is an August 1977 ad from the Traverse City Record-Eagle:

DRIVEIN101 on October 9, 2009 at 7:02 am

I finally got to visit the Cherry Bowl Drive-In this year, and I must say it’s a Top 10 for pure nostalgists like me! Beautiful screen tower design, great pink and light-blue color scheme, speakers all over the place, and excellent snack bar with old photos of entertainers and the drive-in itself. If you’re in the mood for something different to eat, try a “cherry pizza” from the Cherry Bowl Gifts & Goodies shop next door. I got one with ham, pineapple and cherries; mouth-watering delicious!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Great ads wish i could have seen all of them,but I am getting greedy I know.

SchineHistorian on March 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

Theatre Historical Society will be visiting this theater during our 2011 Conclave – “The Michigan Roads Less Traveled” June 21-25. See the website for details

SteveSwanson on September 12, 2013 at 10:38 pm

The Cherry Bowl is winner #2 of Honda’s ProjectDriveIn. They are getting a new digital projector. WOOP WOOP

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I’m surprise they have not twined the Cherry Bowl yet. It looks like there is room for screen tower in back.

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