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Burnside Drive-In Theatre

Address: 5950 Van Dyke Rd
City: Burnside
State: MI
Zip: 48416
County: Lapeer
Open: 1951 (6-8-51) AD
Closed: N/A
Capacity: 300
Owner History: N. Fishner
Number of visits to this page: 14643
Notes: For Sale - 810-346-3253
Info Updates:
3/8/2021 - Andy Gray
A.S. Johnson Jr's (Bud's) list shows the Burnside Drive-In project without a date, but Al Johnson's seven project slides are dated January and June 1951. They show final construction of the tower and the drive-in on or about opening night in June 1951. One feature of the road side of the tower is a huge mural of a rising pheasant. The unincorporated Burnside community is at the intersection of M53 and M90, about eight miles north of Imlay City. The drive-in has since been demolished.
11/27/2019 - Jeff T
Does anyone know who owns this theatre. Does anything remain of this drive in?.
9/15/2013 - Jon C
I recently talked to the owner of the land the Burnside sat on. The concession stand, marque, and ticket booth are no more. The current owners run an archery/hunting business and part of the land is used as an archery range, particularly where the concession stand was.
9/23/2009 - T
9/22/09 I was wondering about the Burnside drive in so I made contact with the Realtor. Then I checked out the buildings. Bad news in the projector house. The roof is fallen in and the place is way beyond repair. the entire place is trashed. The two projector stands are totally rusty. This is now the only structure on the property now. The metal pheasant screen is found in a crumpled heap behind the trees. the driveway''s are barely visible. I am sorry to see it in this state. My fondest memory is seeing the movie E.T. there.
12/21/2004 - D Gould
I also went to Burnside Drive-In for many years as a kid. That was where I saw all the Disney movies. After it closed the property was used by a heating and cooling company. I can remember going there to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July during the 70s.
1/6/2003 - Drive-Ins.com
I used to go to the Burnside Drive In all the time as a kid in the 50s. It was small, like 250-300 cars, and had a beautiful mural of a pheasant rising out of a cornfield painted on the back of the wooden screen tower. The theatre is actually located at the intersection of Highway 53 and Burnside Road in Burnside, Michigan (unincorporated town that does not appear on the map) about 8 miles north of Imlay City, Michigan. The screen is gone but the projection/concession building still stands as does the foundation for the screen, the entrance road, and an exit sign. Lee Burgess
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Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
1951 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
1951 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
1951 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
1951 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1950 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
1950 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
1951 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1950 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
1950 SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 ROBIE GRAY SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
1951 ROBIE GRAY SHOT FROM A S 'AL' JOHNSON
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - SUMMER 2020
SUMMER 2020
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - SUMMER 2020
SUMMER 2020
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - SUMMER 2020
SUMMER 2020
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - SUMMER 2020
SUMMER 2020
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - BURNSIDE MARQUEE COURTESY GREG
BURNSIDE MARQUEE COURTESY GREG
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - BURNSIDE RUINS COURTESY GREG
BURNSIDE RUINS COURTESY GREG
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - BURNSIDE RUINS COURTESY GREG
BURNSIDE RUINS COURTESY GREG
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - BURNSIDE TICKET BOOTH 1996 COURTESY OUTDOOR MOOVIES
BURNSIDE TICKET BOOTH 1996 COURTESY OUTDOOR MOOVIES
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - BURNSIDE TICKET BOOTH 1996 COURTESY OUTDOOR MOOVIES
BURNSIDE TICKET BOOTH 1996 COURTESY OUTDOOR MOOVIES
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - BURNSIDE SNACKBAR 1996 COURTESY OUTDOOR MOOVIES
BURNSIDE SNACKBAR 1996 COURTESY OUTDOOR MOOVIES
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - BURNSIDE FENCE 1996 COURTESY OUTDOOR MOOVIES
BURNSIDE FENCE 1996 COURTESY OUTDOOR MOOVIES
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - DRIVEWAY - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
DRIVEWAY - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - FROM HARRY SKRDLA
FROM HARRY SKRDLA
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - FROM HARRY SKRDLA
FROM HARRY SKRDLA
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - PROJECTION
PROJECTION
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - PROJECTION BOOTH - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
PROJECTION BOOTH - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - PROJECTION CONCESSION
PROJECTION CONCESSION
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
CONCESSION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION
CONCESSION
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION FROM REAR - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
CONCESSION FROM REAR - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - REFRESHMENT STAND - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
REFRESHMENT STAND - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - REFRESHMENTS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
REFRESHMENTS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - PROJ BOOTH - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
PROJ BOOTH - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE PROJECTION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
INSIDE PROJECTION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
INSIDE CONCESSION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION2 - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
INSIDE CONCESSION2 - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - FILM WINDER - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
FILM WINDER - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - COMING SOON
COMING SOON
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - OLD IN-SIGN - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
OLD IN-SIGN - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - SOUND PANEL - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
SOUND PANEL - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - TICKET BOOTH FROM DARRYL BURGESS
TICKET BOOTH FROM DARRYL BURGESS
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - TICKET STUB
TICKET STUB
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - HISTORIC AERIAL
HISTORIC AERIAL
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - MAY 14 1958 AD
MAY 14 1958 AD
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL
AERIAL
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1950S TICKET STUB FROM PAUL
1950S TICKET STUB FROM PAUL
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 21 AUG 1953 ROBBERY
21 AUG 1953 ROBBERY
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