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Lakes Drive-In Theatre


Address: 10501 E Grand River Ave
City: Brighton State: MI Zip: 48116 Phone:  
County: Livingston
Notes:
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Open: 1951 (5-11-51) Closed: 1989 (9-3-89)  
Capacity:
Owner History: Mutual Theaters
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 13098
 
 

12/30/2013 - David Anderson
It was my grandfather, Charles Arlington Anderson that ran this theater (as noted in the article) I believe he had a 25 yr lease for the property. He had also worked at the LaSalle theater as noted on his military registration form 'motion picture operator. ' He was proud of the fact to only show family oriented movies. I was awful young in the early 60's, and don't remember to much, since we lived in Chicago at this time, but I do remember seeing Mary Poppin's for the first time there. Great memories.

He was able to retire to Florida and died in 1979 at the age of 79. Of course there are many stories of him, but one I remember is that during the depression he was able to get a job as an electrician after just reading a book on the subject!.
3/24/2008 - B.J. McDevitt
For a time, The Lakes had two marquees. The one pictured here which was facing Grand River Ave. , and a smaller one that faced I-96. The smaller one had fallen into disrepair, and was abandoned years before the drive-in closed.

10/22/2007 - Dan
As a high school teenager in the summer of 1954 I worked as an usher at the Lake''s. I was one of severel ushers who would, with flashlights, help direct and guide carsto a parking spot as it was lights out after you passed the ticket booth. I would workfrom dusk to the end of the movies, then help direct the cars out. For this I was paid$5. 00 a night.

Not really bad for a 17 year old in 1954. The work was easy and $5went a longer way back then.
5/5/2004 - Kirk Jarvinen
The Lakes Drive-in opened at 6:30 pm on Friday May 11, 1951 (not 53) playing JEEPERS CREEPERS (starring Weaver Bros. ) -also- SADDLE TRAMP (with Joel McCrea). Capacity: Speakers for 700 automobiles on the opening evening, and space for more. Info obtained from microfilm of The Livingston County Press Wednesday, May 9, 1951. Page Fifteen: News Article New Theatre to Open Friday Page Twenty-Four: Large Grand Opening ad.

1/6/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
Everything is gone, A street runs through the lot with new ice arena and ice cream store. The only drive-in ever built in Livingston County, it was once quite a hopping place. After the theater closed, I asked the realtor how much the land was selling for, the answer was over 1 million dollars. Clearly the former owners could not pass up that kind of return on their investment as it was probably purchased for a fraction of that back when this area was mostly rural.

Lakes Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN WRECKED FROM MICHIGANDRIVEINS
SCREEN WRECKED FROM MICHIGANDRIVEINS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - OPENING ARTICLE 5-9-51 FROM RON GROSS
OPENING ARTICLE 5-9-51 FROM RON GROSS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - FROM ROADSIDE
FROM ROADSIDE
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - REAR OF SCREEN
REAR OF SCREEN
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - FROM REAR OF LOT
FROM REAR OF LOT
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - FROM PROJECTION BOOTH
FROM PROJECTION BOOTH
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - OBSCURED BY BUSHES
OBSCURED BY BUSHES
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE AND SCREEN
MARQUEE AND SCREEN
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION
INSIDE CONCESSION
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN
SCREEN
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN AND CONCESSION
SCREEN AND CONCESSION
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - TICKET BOOTH - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
TICKET BOOTH - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION AND PROJECTION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
CONCESSION AND PROJECTION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - PROJECTION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
PROJECTION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - OUT SIGN - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
OUT SIGN - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - RESTORED 21 NEON MARQUEE FROM EBAY AUCTION DEC 2002
RESTORED 21 NEON MARQUEE FROM EBAY AUCTION DEC 2002
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - EBAY AUCTION IMAGE
EBAY AUCTION IMAGE
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE OVERGROWN - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
MARQUEE OVERGROWN - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - REAR OF MARQUEE DARRYL BURGESS
REAR OF MARQUEE DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
INSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
INSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - SPEAKER DARRYL BURGESS
SPEAKER DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - START TIMES DARRYL BURGESS
START TIMES DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - OUTSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
OUTSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
INSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
INSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - OUTSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
OUTSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN FROM SNACK BAR
SCREEN FROM SNACK BAR
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION 1989 DARRYL BURGESS
INSIDE CONCESSION 1989 DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - OUTSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
OUTSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - PROJECTOR DARRYL BURGESS
PROJECTOR DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - OUTSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
OUTSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - RESTROOM DARRYL BURGESS
RESTROOM DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE TICKET BOOTH DARRYL BURGESS
INSIDE TICKET BOOTH DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - OUTSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
OUTSIDE CONCESSION DARRYL BURGESS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION
INSIDE CONCESSION
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - LAKES SCREEN
LAKES SCREEN
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN - PHOTO FROM RG
SCREEN - PHOTO FROM RG
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - BRIGHTON ARGUS ARTICLE
BRIGHTON ARGUS ARTICLE
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - 1989 AD FROM BRIGHTON ARGUS
1989 AD FROM BRIGHTON ARGUS
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - OLD AD
OLD AD
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - 1974 AD
1974 AD
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - MATCHBOOK
MATCHBOOK
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL IMAGE 2003
AERIAL IMAGE 2003
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - HISTORIC AERIAL
HISTORIC AERIAL
Lakes Drive-In Theatre - VICTORIA ADVOCATE FIREWORKS ACCIDENT
VICTORIA ADVOCATE FIREWORKS ACCIDENT

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