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Midway Auto Theatre

Address: M-18
City: Gladwin State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Gladwin
Notes: 1 Screen
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Open: 1954 Closed: N/A Capacity: Status: Demolished  
Owner History: Unknown
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 814

7/28/2005 - Pat Weaver
The Midway ran briefly in 1960 also, I think. I know we went, didnt stay long. With the speakers atop the screen, the car windows had to be down, which the mosquitos enjoyed! Mr. Ruble also had a couple other of these little drive-ins, at Secord, NE of Gladwin and at Wooden Shoe, next to the tavern. Working on a picture of the Midway--one exists!!.

4/29/2005 - Gladwin County Record
May 13, 1953 - Grand Opening! Operation of our new MIDWAY THEATER, an Auto Drive In open air show, will start next Wednesday night, May 20. Location: Half-way between Gladwin and Beaverton on M-18, at Elmer Kings Grocery. There will be a double feature: NORTHWEST STAMPEDE in Cine-color, starring Joan Leslie and James Craig, and LOADED PISTOLS, starring Gene Autry. This will be a three-hour show, starting at dusk, so come prepared to see it all. The MIDWAY THEATER will be a community show, operated every Wednesday night at first, intended for the family man.

There will be an admission charge of 50c per car, so load em up and come over for a good show each week. Our MIDWAY is not an imitation of the other Drive Ins. Well have three power speakers with ample sound-on-screen this year, perhaps speakers in cars next year. And we have the best arc light projection equipment.

There will be a snack-bar in Kings Grocery and popcorn will be sold on the grounds. This show will be operated by RUBLES STUDIO in co-operation with Kings Grocery and backed by 37 of the leading merchants of both Gladwin and Beaverton. Watch for announcement of shows each week in this paper. What a great idea! Groceries and a drive-in.

4/17/2005 -
Update: Unexpectedly ran across the ad for this previously unheard of drive-in while searching the Gladwin County Record newspaper for the opening ad for the nearby Meredith Drive-In. The Midway Auto Theatre apparently opened in April 1954 and operated at least through August 1954.
Midway Auto Theatre - MIDWAY AUTO THEATRE AD 4-28-54
Midway Auto Theatre - AERIAL PHOTO

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