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Michigan Drive-Ins, Drive-In Theaters


There was once over 130 Drive-In's in Michigan back in their heyday. The first Drive-In was the East-Side, which opened in 1938 in Harper Woods, only 4 years after Richard Hollingshead invented it. Many more were built in the ensuing years, particularly in the post-war years up thru the mid to late 70's. It was great to check out the movie listings in the paper and see as many drive-ins listed as indoor Theaters! The following is a somewhat accurate listing of how many there were by year.

1938
1
1948
12
1956
111
1959
127
1965
132
1968
131
1972
137
1977
126
1988
62
1990
29
1992
14
1996
11
1998-2001
10
2002
9
2003
10
2005
11
2007-2008
10
2009
9
2010-2013
8


As you can see, the 1980's were devastating for Drive-Ins. Rising property values and declining attendance made closing them and selling them off more attractive to the owners than keeping them open.

The list below represents all of the drive-ins which can be filtered by county and sorted by clicking the little arrows in the heading. Click on the name in the grid and it will take you to the detail page. Click here for a complete listing the Drive-Ins which remain open.

You can sort the grid by clicking on the header text. The numbers at the bottom of the grid allow you to jump to that page.
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NameStatusCityCounty
 131 Outdoor Theatre ClosedPlainwellAllegan
 5 Mile Drive-In Theatre OpenDowagiacCass
 55-Hi Drive-In Theatre DemolishedHoughton LakeRoscommon
 Airport Drive-In Theatre ClosedNegauneeMarquette
 Albion Drive-In Theatre GraveyardAlbionCalhoun
 Algiers Drive-In Theatre DemolishedWestlandWayne
 Alpena Drive-In Theatre DemolishedAlpenaAlpena
 Auto Theatre ClosedMuskegonMuskegon
 Auto Theatre ClosedBattle CreekCalhoun
 Auto Theatre ClosedConstantineSaint Joseph
 Auto Theatre ClosedSt. JosephBerrien
 Auto Theatre ClosedSaginawSaginaw
 B & D Drive-In Theatre ClosedRapid RiverDelta
 Bay Drive-In Theatre ClosedPinconningBay
 Bel Air Drive-In Theatre DemolishedSaginawSaginaw
 Bel Air Drive-In Theatre DemolishedJacksonJackson
 Bel Air Drive-In Theatre ClosedDetroitWayne
 Bel Aire Twin Drive-In Theatre DemolishedMonroeMonroe
 Beltline 3 Drive-In Theatre DemolishedWyomingKent
 Big Rapids Drive-In Theatre GraveyardBig RapidsMecosta
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