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M-104 Drive-In Theatre


Address: 14950 Cleveland
City: Spring Lake State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Ottawa
Notes: AKA Oasis, Ottawa
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Open: 1955 (8-30-55) AD Closed: 1982 (9-4-82) Capacity: Status: Demolished  
Owner History: Wisper-Wetsman
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 7498
 
 

2/27/2017 - Tom Groenevelt
The picture of the M104 drive in is wrong?? The second screen was positioned opposite the main screen to the south. The main screen was parallel to M104 facing south. The second screen was to the south of the big one facing nort. This picture shows the little screen next to the big one along M104. This is not the M104 Drive In.

7/16/2012 - Dianna Corbett
My uncle Norris Hogsett lived next door to the M-104. He had the pony rides and took care of the theater for many yrs. My mom worked there, too. I have a lot of wonderful memories of peaking through the slit between the seat and watching some wonderful movies like The Pit and the Pendulum and a lot of Audy Murphy movies, too. Great Saturday night dates, too.

laying on the hood of the car and watching the movie with my date. :-).
12/5/2008 - John Whitman
I aquired this Drive-In theatre from Mr. Jeff Ringold in Grand Rapids in mid 1963. at the time it was not in operation, it was previously the Ottawa Drive-In. The screen tower was in need of replacement which I did the fall of ''63.

In addition, I remolded the concession stand spring of 1964. I operated as the Oasis Drive in until mid 1965 where being under capitolized turned the theatre over to Mr. Steve Eisner. There was questions with respect to how many Drive-Ins in Spring Lake, there was only 1, started with the Ottawa Drive In, to the Oasis Drive-In then to the M-104 Drive-In twin.

During my time I had the pleasure of running Mary Poppins and Goldfinger 1st run. this was in part due to my booker, Mr Clive Waxman.

I totally enjoyed the theatre scene, however I never went back into that business again.
3/22/2004 - MichiganDriveIns.com
The Spring Lake drive-in mystery continues, did Spring Lake have one, two or three drive-ins? Further newspaper ad research has found the Ottawa Drive-In had its grand opening on August 30th, 1955. The last ad found for the Ottawa was on September 22nd, 1963. No ads were found for any Spring Lake drive-ins all through 1964. The first ad for the Oasis Drive-In is found on May 14th, 1965. Another Oasis ad on May 21st states; Watch for our Grand Opening coming soon.

Apparently the Oasis Drive-In was very short-lived, the last ad found was on September 20th, 1965. Next, we found the first ad for the M-104 Drive-In on April 1st,1966. The ad proclaims the M-104 Drive-In is re-opening on April 8th, under new management. There is, however, no mention of a name change.

The M-104 continued on through the 1970s, adding a second screen and becoming the M-104 Twin Drive-In on June 1st, 1979. The M-104 Twin didnt last much longer, it closed for good on September 4th, 1982 with Porkys & Incubus on screen one, and Slumber Party Massacre & Satans Mistresses on screen two. Were the Ottawa, Oasis, and M-104 all the same drive-in? Thorough research through the 1950s & 60s newspapers did not find any of these three running ads simultaneously, so most likely they were all the same drive-in. But, it still isnt clear, so more research is in order.

5/3/2003 - Cactus Bob (Bobby Peacock)
I just got a call from the Spring Lake Historical society, and using old phone books, they have found that the Oasis and M-104 drive-ins were the same! They told me that in 1965, the Oasis was listed at 14950 Cleveland, and every other year they have lists the M-104 and Oasis as both being 14950 Cleveland. In short, the Oasis and M-104 are one in the same! As for the Ottawa. Still no info.

1/6/2003 - MichiganDriveIns.com
Newspaper Ad:1 1/2 miles east of Spring Lake (7-3-72).
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL PHOTO FROM ANTHONY IN GRAND HAVEN
AERIAL PHOTO FROM ANTHONY IN GRAND HAVEN
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - STREET NOW FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
STREET NOW FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - OTTAWA GRAND OPENING AD 8-27-55
OTTAWA GRAND OPENING AD 8-27-55
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - OTTAWA GRAND OPENING AD 8-29-55
OTTAWA GRAND OPENING AD 8-29-55
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - OTTAWA GRAND OPENING AD 8-30-55
OTTAWA GRAND OPENING AD 8-30-55
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - M-104 AD 4-1-66
M-104 AD 4-1-66
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - M-104 AD 4-8-66
M-104 AD 4-8-66
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - OASIS AD 5-14-65
OASIS AD 5-14-65
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - OASIS AD 5-21-65
OASIS AD 5-21-65
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - OASIS AD 9-25-65
OASIS AD 9-25-65
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - OTTAWA DRIVE-IN AD JULY 2 1957
OTTAWA DRIVE-IN AD JULY 2 1957
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - TOPO FROM TERRASERVER
TOPO FROM TERRASERVER
M-104 Drive-In Theatre - TOPO OVERLAY FROM TERRASERVER
TOPO OVERLAY FROM TERRASERVER

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