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B & D Drive-In Theatre


Address: Junction US-2 and US-41
City: Rapid River State: MI Zip: 49878 Phone:  
County: Delta
Notes:
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Open: 1949 (9-16-49) AD Closed: 1956 (10-6-56)  
Capacity: 280 (1963-65)
Owner History: Frank C. Chivers (1957) D. King (1963-65)
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 10855
 
 

10/23/2006 - WaterWinterWonderland
Based on the most recent information from Andrew the Libriarian, the pictures I took when I was in Rapid River have an excellent chance of being the drive-in as that is the intersection in which they were taken. Local confirmation will be needed to verify this.
10/23/2006 - Andrew Wilson AKA The Librarian
I located the picture in the 1955 Delta County Tourist Guide (7th Edition) on page 4. Also on page 4 is the following entry in the What To Do column: Theatres--Outdoor Drive-In. B&D Drive-In, Rapid River--individual speakers, refreshments.

Hill-Top Drive-In--3/4 mile west of Escanaba on highway 412--individual speakers, confection cafeteria, children's playground, modern rest rooms. Kenmore Drive-In, under construction at the time of printing of this edition, is located on US-2 and 41, four miles north of Escanaba. Opening expected during early summer. The B & D opened in 1949 and closed in the fall of 1956.

5/5/2004 - Andrew Wilson AKA The Librarian
The B & D DIT closed on 10/6/1956. The managers (Edsil & Dona King) had a thank you note that appeared in the ad that day.
4/22/2004 - Andrew Wilson AKA The Librarian
The B & D opened on September 16, 1949 - the first drive in to open in the Upper Peninsula. I havent nailed down a closing date, but it was open in July 1956 and was not open in July 1957, so probably fall of 56.
10/1/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
Very little is known about this location, I did see a lot that did look suspect. More research is required to determine if these pictures in fact are the former DI.
B & D Drive-In Theatre - OLD AD AND PIC FROM ANDREW WILSON
OLD AD AND PIC FROM ANDREW WILSON
B & D Drive-In Theatre - DRIVEWAY
DRIVEWAY
B & D Drive-In Theatre - FOUNDATION
FOUNDATION
B & D Drive-In Theatre - B&D TEASER FROM ANDREW WILSON
B&D TEASER FROM ANDREW WILSON
B & D Drive-In Theatre - B&D AD FROM ANDEW WILSON
B&D AD FROM ANDEW WILSON
B & D Drive-In Theatre - GOOGLE EARTH OF THE INTERSECTION
GOOGLE EARTH OF THE INTERSECTION
B & D Drive-In Theatre - RAPIDRIVER 1953 CROP
RAPIDRIVER 1953 CROP
B & D Drive-In Theatre - TERRASERVER OF THE INTERSECTION
TERRASERVER OF THE INTERSECTION

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