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Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre


Address: 9812 Honor Hwy
City: Honor State: MI Zip: 49640 Phone: (231) 325-3413  
County: Benzie
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Open: 1953 (7-1-53) AD Closed: OPEN IN 2005 Capacity: 200 (1957-63) 250 (1965-72) 300 (1977) Status: Open  
Owner History: H. & L. Clark
Web Address: http://www.cherrybowldrivein.com/
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 16507
Video Clip:Great summer night, 2003 I think.

 
 

9/13/2013 - Karen Sehi
The Cherry Bowl is NOT going dark. They were the second winner in Honda's Project Drive In. Thank you Honda and everyone who voted for the new digital projector. Up North Michigan families rejoice.

8/14/2013 - John McDowell
The Cherry Bowl is in the running to receive digital projection equipment in a promotion sponsored by Honda to help preserve drive ins. You can vote online or by text at projectdrivein. com TV 9&10 in Cadillac had a segment on it recently. This can be seen at 9and10news. com.

8/10/2012 - Althea Powell
I just returned from my first visit to the Cherry Bowl Drive-In. Since we live north of Lansing, we had not heard about the very tragic accident suffered by the owner. Prayers are certainly being sent your way. I had always wanted to come up to watch a movie after my husband and I discovered the theater by accident but, unfortunately, we had never made it. So, I when I was trying to come up with an idea for something special for my aunt's 77th birthday, I knew this was it!! She was in less than an agreeable mood during the 3 hr drive.

knowing only that we were going up north. but when we pulled into your drive,her mood instantly changed. She said, Oh my gosh. it's a drive-in! As soon as I hung the speaker on her window, she was suddenly rocking and singing along to the music with a smile that lasted all night.

Funny how a blast from the past can bring back simple joys that seemed lost forever. Thank-you Cherry Bowl Drive-in Theater for keeping old memories alive. —.

4/3/2012 - Mrs. Thompson
HONOR — The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre will open this year, but it likely will be without Harry Clark's familiar voice announcing birthdays and first-time patrons over the car-window and post speakers. Clark, who with his family owns the landmark drive-in on U. S. 31 outside Honor in Benzie County, is recovering from serious injuries he received March 10 in a winter storm-related accident. The drive-in was expected to open April 27 for its 59th season.

But that probably will be delayed, perhaps until summer, said Andrew Clark, who has helped operate the drive-in with his parents since they bought the Cherry Bowl in 1997. I'm going to be going over there in the next few weeks and doing some work and getting speakers hung, he said. At least I'm going to get things ready. As far as we're concerned, we're going to go on with the drive-in.

Andrew Clark, 35, of Frankfort, said he was helping clear storm damage on his parents' Benzonia property when a tree they were cutting fell and struck his father's head. Andrew Clark used the family's tractor to carry his father through deep snow to the end of the driveway, where North Flight EMS waited. Harry Clark was airlifted to Munson Medical Center, where he remains in serious condition. He said he couldn't feel anything, said Andrew Miller, owner of A.

Papano's Pizza in Beulah and a reserve deputy with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office. That's where the rumor started that he might be paralyzed. It's coming into more fact now that he probably is paralyzed. The Clarks are the second owners of the Cherry Bowl since it opened in 1953.

Harry Clark, 63, and his wife, Laura, took on the theater — a favorite destination for area vacationers and locals alike — after dropping out of the Detroit corporate world and moving north to raise their family. Their daughter, Arika Clark, 30, also will help run the theater business this season, Andrew Clark said. The iconic drive-in is a familiar sight to motorists who travel the highway between Beulah and Honor. Signs hanging along a fence proclaim See you in the spring, and classic cars and funky sculptures decorate the venue.

The screen's blue backside features a cluster of cherries. The Cherry Bowl is known for a family-friendly 1950s atmosphere that includes a mini-golf course, a playground, a beach volleyball court, hula hoop contests and lucky numbers drawings. Patrons are encouraged to honk their car horns for birthdays and first-timers. Double feature films traditionally begin at dusk daily between Memorial and Labor Days and on weekends about a month before and after.

None are rated higher than PG-13. If he has a real good movie, the cars will be backed way up to Platte Road, said Sue Sheffield, who sees lots of visitors at her nearby Lone Pine Party Store. The theater is a hometown treasure and community tradition for many in Benzie County and beyond. For those visitors who come every year, the Cherry Bowl is one of those things they want to do, said Chris Theobald, who owns the Honor Motel and knows Clark.

People come from all over the state to visit this drive-in theater. And it's very original as you know, and he prides himself on that. Movie-goers sometimes spend the night at the pale yellow, roadside hotel after catching a late-night double feature. Theobald also attends when possible, in what has become a summer rite for some families.

Clark and his family have been in the thoughts of many in the small town. He's (a) wonderful, super nice fellow, Theobald said. Elaine Newbold, of Frankfort, takes her family to the Cherry Bowl in the summers. She appreciates the family-orientated venue and how Clark always thanks and honors service members before movies start.

He's super patriotic, she said. Her children would have been devastated if the drive-in had closed, and others in town also are grateful to know movies will screen under the stars once again. I'm thrilled to hear that they are going to be reopening. I was concerned about that, Theobald said.

It's good news for our entire area. We pride ourselves on the Cherry Bowl, and it just would have been a tremendous loss if it had not reopened because of that. (This article appeared in the Traverse City Record Eagle).

8/13/2011 - Tom
A memory I have of the Cherry Bowl occurred in 1981 when the lady I was dating and I went to see Coal Miner's Daughter. That lady later became my wife, and she still is.
3/22/2011 - Dennis Prestia
We have a vacation home near Crystal Mountian since 1970 I was 20 years old. We would always grab a few bags of cherrys and sit on lawn chairs and enjoy the show with Mom and Dad. Than in the 90's I would take my 3 daughters there in my pick-up and park in the back row and pull in with the bed of my truck facing the screen, we would get out the blankets and bundle up in the bed and watch the show. I sure miss those times. Now the girls are all grown up and we don't go anymore.

I wish I could have kept them between 5 and 8 years old forever, but like they say nothing is forever but memorys.
6/2/2009 - Kate
I lived in Honor in ''88-90. Great place to take the kids to see a movie. Very safe for kids. I miss the Cherry Bowl.

7/3/2008 - cCWinnieWiWnnieW
In 1982 I moved from the Detroit area to Sanford Lake. I noticed your Drive=in and decided to take it in one night. So I packed my Mom and my dog Sassy in the car along with a nephew. When we went through the line the gal taking our money handed me a package and inside the package was a few dog bones. My nephew, who was 5 at the time, asked where his goodies were and I told him if he liked dog bones he was welcomed to one.

Needless to say I had to go to the canteen and get something for him. From that day on when I wanted to go to the show you had my business. Thank you for being so kind to animals. You have my permission to post my comment.

It is well deserved!.
7/20/2007 - Brian
We had a great time there last night. I took my son and his friend and we had a ball. It was only $8 for me, while they were free; to watch two new releases, Ratatouille and Transformers, that is a fantastic deal! Glad to see the place was packed. Should keep it from making the extinct list for a long time hopefully!! Be careful who you park next to though, a couple of teenagers decided to get rather romantic in the car next to us at about 12:30 a. m.

and I had to roll up the window and turn up the speaker volume a bit. Ha!! Some things will never change.

1/10/2004 - Unknown
The Cherry Bowl, so samed for its location in Michigan's northwestern cherry growing region (in fact, the theater is still surrounded by cherry orchards today), opened in 1953. In the late 50s, its single screen was enlarged to accomodate CinemaScope features. The screen tower is emblazoned with the drive-in's name, and three bright red cherries on a blue background. The screen is said to be the largest in the northern part of the state. Keeping with the Cherry Bowl's classic 50s theme, not only is a double feature screened, but vintage cartoons and features, as well.

The theater's season is May through September, and in keeping with its wholesome atmosphere, doesn't show films with a rating higher than PG-13. The Cherry Bowl is more than a movie experience, however, with a 50s-themed miniatue golf course, volleyball courts, batting cages and kiddie playground on its property--even a 50s-style diner is located at the drive-in! In 2003, the Cherry Bowl celebrated a half-century in business, continuing to live up to its motto of Fine Film, Food, Fun and Family Entertainment. Cinema Treasures Link.
1/7/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
The Cherry Bowl has a definite 1950s feel. There is a putt-putt course, batting cages and a diner with great broasted chicken. There are also numerous special events throughout the season. Very clean and well-maintained.

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN TOWER
SCREEN TOWER
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE
MARQUEE
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - SUMMER 2013 FROM RON
SUMMER 2013 FROM RON
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - SUMMER 2013 FROM RON
SUMMER 2013 FROM RON
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - SUMMER 2013 FROM RON
SUMMER 2013 FROM RON
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - SUMMER 2013 FROM RON
SUMMER 2013 FROM RON
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - SUMMER 2013 FROM RON
SUMMER 2013 FROM RON
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - LANE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
LANE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - CARS IN LOT FROM WWW
CARS IN LOT FROM WWW
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN TOWER
SCREEN TOWER
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN AT DUSK
SCREEN AT DUSK
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN AND CHICKEN
SCREEN AND CHICKEN
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - FRONT OF SCREEN - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
FRONT OF SCREEN - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - CHICKEN - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
CHICKEN - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - PLAYGROUND
PLAYGROUND
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - OUTSIDE CONCESSION
OUTSIDE CONCESSION
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - PROJECTION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
PROJECTION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION
CONCESSION
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
CONCESSION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - FROM REAR OF LOT
FROM REAR OF LOT
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - REAR OF LOT - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
REAR OF LOT - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - PUTT-PUTT COURSE
PUTT-PUTT COURSE
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - ILLUMINATED JUNCTION BOX
ILLUMINATED JUNCTION BOX
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE SNACK BAR
INSIDE SNACK BAR
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE SNACK BAR 2
INSIDE SNACK BAR 2
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - OLD SCREEN - PHOTO FROM RG
OLD SCREEN - PHOTO FROM RG
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - ENTRANCE - PHOTO FROM KIM CONNEL
ENTRANCE - PHOTO FROM KIM CONNEL
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - 1971 AD
1971 AD
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - PLATTER SYSTEM - PHOTO FROM KIM CONNEL
PLATTER SYSTEM - PHOTO FROM KIM CONNEL
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - PROJECTION BOOTH - PHOTO FROM KIM CONNEL
PROJECTION BOOTH - PHOTO FROM KIM CONNEL
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - LOT - PHOTO FROM KIM CONNEL
LOT - PHOTO FROM KIM CONNEL
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - FROM MICHAEL MAURER SMITH
FROM MICHAEL MAURER SMITH
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - FROM MICHAEL MAURER SMITH
FROM MICHAEL MAURER SMITH
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - FROM MICHAEL MAURER SMITH
FROM MICHAEL MAURER SMITH
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - FROM MICHAEL MAURER SMITH
FROM MICHAEL MAURER SMITH
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - OLD AD FROM RON GROSS
OLD AD FROM RON GROSS
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - OLD AD FROM RON GROSS
OLD AD FROM RON GROSS
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - OLD NEWS AD
OLD NEWS AD
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL
AERIAL

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