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Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre


Address: US Hwy 2
City: Manistique State: MI Zip: 49854 Phone: (906) 341-5920  
County: Schoolcraft
Notes: AKA: US 2 Drive-In
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Open: N/A Closed: 2001 Capacity: 350 (1965) Status: Closed  
Owner History: Bill Giles
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 14856
 
 

7/10/2019 - Eric Sherbinow
So here is the official story on the U. S. 2 Drive In Theater: For the last few years a couple of foolish guys with clearly too much time on their hands, who love movies and drive in theaters have been holding free community movie events at this theater. Eventually we named ourselves the Upper Peninsula Film Union. We find sponsors to pay for the licensing and we let local nonprofits operate the concession stand so they can raise money for their cause.

It's a big win for everyone. This old drive in has been for sale for many years and in the spring of 2018 it was nearly sold to a logging operation that would have use the property as a log storage yard. This would have been a real tragedy since this is the last standing drive in theater in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. As we were nearing the end of the 2018 movie season we decided to go ahead and approach a bank to see if we could finance the purchase of the property.

We formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit as the Upper Peninsula Film Union and went to talk to the president of a local bank. He was very aware of what we had been doing at the drive in for the last few years and thought it was wonderful. He was fully on board with the idea of the Film Union saving the drive in and we worked out a very good deal. Of course we still have to pay the loan back but we believe with future fundraising efforts and donations we will be able to do that in time.

The concession stand was in terrible condition and over the winter we have put a lot of work into it. It is far from done but the interior is getting close to completion. The exterior and the rest of the property is next on the hit list. Once the interior of the concession is complete we will start to kick the fundraising machine into gear.

We wanted to wait until we had something to show off. We have decided that we will use the original U. S. 2 Drive In name instead of the more recent Cinema 2 name (there was a theater downtown called Cinema 1 owned by the same person several years ago, that theater no longer uses that name so the Cinema 2 idea isn't as clever as it once was).

While we are not remodeling it to look like it originally did we are going for a look that would have been typical in the year it was built (1953). We will not be using the malt shop look that everyone doing something with a 50's look seems to do. This is not a malt shop. This is a drive in theater and everything will not be red, white, black and chrome.

Anyway, we have saved this theater from a very sketchy fate. We have kicked off the 2018 season with our first show on the 29th of June. Our next will be on the 27th of July. We only host 3 or 4 events per year because we know that if we did more the numbers of people attending each show would dwindle.

Plus it would be impossible to find sponsors for more events. On top of that we are volunteers with lives and jobs and we don't take a penny for what we do at the drive in. We do also host a monthly film club in the concession stand of the drive in. 6 to 12 people get together and we watch a randomly chosen film inside a cool, old drive in concession stand and then discuss the movie afterward.

It is always a good time. Sorry for the long-winded blab. If you want to help us save this sole survivor of the Upper Peninsula's cinema bygone years please find the U. P.

Film Union on Facebook. You can be made aware of upcoming events there and find the link to our GoFundme. Thanks for taking a moment to read this!.

11/19/2018 - Edie Erickson
The US-2/Cinema 2 Drive-in was recently taken off the market in the hopes that a fundraising effort can save it from being destroyed. It is being run as a community-run/owned drive-in, and is organized and managed by the non-profit UP Film Union. All movies are second-run and are free to the public thanks to nightly sponsors from the community. More information can be found on the Upper Peninsula Film Union facebook page. It is now being called the Highway 2 Drive-In.

7/16/2016 - Heidi
This theater will be open 7/15/16 for an 8:30 pm showing of Back to the Future. one day only.
12/29/2010 - David Vaughan
This theater was built and opened in 1953 by J. L. LeDuc who also operated the Cedar and Oak Theaters in Manistique. The drive in opened as the US-2 Drive in and changed to Cinema Two in 1972 when LeDuc sold it to David Vaughan who operated it along with a new hard top, Cinema One. Vaughan sold both theaters to William Giles in 1995, the drive in was closed in 2001.

5/16/2010 - Greg
Thanks for this site! In summer, 1975, my wife, daughter and I took a road trip from Chicago to circumnavigate the shores of Lake Michigan through Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. We stayed a day and a half in Manistique, MI. It proved to be the highlight of the trip! We went to this drive-in to see the Young Frankenstein movie. About half-way through the flick I noticed the sky beginning to glow a little way beyond the screen. At first I thought that must be the city lights of nearby big city.

Yeah, what big city? DANG! I got my first look at the Northern Lights that night! Manistique, I think you got the beautiful place to be in the summer!! Cheers, Greg.
8/9/2009 - Scott
I was just drove by the place and it is still standing, and in pretty good shape considering. Most of the wood fencing is down or decayed but the screen is still there intact and looks good, the ticket booth and gate is still there, and the concession and projection is still there. it is quite overgrown and the gravel road to the ticket booth is hard to see. The property is for sale and it might be a good place to start if someone wanted to rehab and get it up and running with out a huge expense of starting from scratch. That is my dream.

I will post some pics as well. Even the marque is still there.
1/14/2004 - Seth Landon
When I was passing by the drive-in I noticed a house at the back of the lot it looks as if the the owner is living there or has lived there.
9/30/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
The Cinema 2 still stands, although there is some activity on the lot, it is unclear what is being planned.
1/6/2003 - MichiganDriveIns.com
The Cinema 2 Drive-In is now closed, the last season was 2001. The property is for sale. (RG 6-12-02).
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
CINEMA TWO BY DOUG TAYLOR MAY 2011
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE
MARQUEE
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - TICKET BOOTH - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
TICKET BOOTH - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - TICKET BOOTH NOW
TICKET BOOTH NOW
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE TICKET BOOTH
INSIDE TICKET BOOTH
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
SCREEN - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN FROM PROJ BOOTH
SCREEN FROM PROJ BOOTH
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN NOW
SCREEN NOW
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - REAR OF SCREEN
REAR OF SCREEN
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - THE FIELD
THE FIELD
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - PROJECTION AND SCREEN - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
PROJECTION AND SCREEN - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - PROJECTION - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
PROJECTION - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - PROJECTION
PROJECTION
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION
INSIDE CONCESSION
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION NOW
CONCESSION NOW
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION ENTRANCE
CONCESSION ENTRANCE
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL
AERIAL
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - 1972 AD FROM PAUL
1972 AD FROM PAUL
Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER

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