Jolly Roger Drive-In

24745 Van Born Road,
Taylor, MI 48180

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Jolly Roger Drive-In

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The Jolly Roger Drive-In opened September 15, 1954. It had a pirate ship painting on the rear of its 122 feet wide screen.

There was a play area with ten rides, including a merry-go-round and a ferris wheel. Operated by Nicholas George Theatres Inc., it was closed in 1990. The drive-in had a capacity for 1,600 cars.

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 3, 2005 at 8:52 am

Posted from another site. The question was, where was the most unusual place you ever made love? When I read this response, I had to post it here! (I cleaned it up a little)

I would have to say in a car, at drive-in show. In the back of the lot, while we were in the front seat, a worker from the drive-in walked up to the speaker post to turn off the other speaker that was not being used. I can say he had a surprised look on his face. I think he was expecting to to see some chick with a guy but instead saw two dudes. This was about 1977 at the Jolly Roger Drive In – Taylor MI – near Detroit. Butch

dallasmovietheaters on August 26, 2015 at 9:39 am

Correct date of opening was September 15, 1954 as the Jolly Roger adorned the giant curved screen that featured a 60 foot rocking pirate ship on its tower. Nick George claimed to have installed the first three-channel stereophonic sound north of the Mason-Dixon line using speakers that were invented and used in Texas drive-ins. The innovative theater would also opt for a distinctive gas-fired central heating system to keep patrons warm in the winter months. The theater lasted 36 years and is still greatly missed.

rivest266 on November 7, 2015 at 9:39 am

dallasmovietheaters, you were right about the opening date. Grand opening ad in photo section.

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