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M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre


Address: 6385 Newton Rd at M-78
City: Lansing State: MI Zip: 48906 Phone:  
County: Ingham
Notes: 3 Screens
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Open: 1969 (11-7-69) Closed: 1992 (9-6-92) Capacity: 1000 Status: Closed  
Owner History: National Amusements / Redstone
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 7090
 
 

5/1/2011 - Dennis DeFore
What a great a great Theater I spent many a Saturday evening at the M-78's It's a shame that a lot of these drive ins are not around anymore. I remember sitting out on the highway waiting to get in to some of the movies seems like forever ago now. Great site it really brings back memories.
5/18/2010 - MichiganDriveIns.com
The M-78 Drive-In screens were removed in November, 1999. The remains of the drive-in and the Super Cinemas indoor theater were both demolished in November 2008. Also, the M-78 was never owned by Butterfield. It was built by Redstone Theatres (National Amusements) in 1969, and they still own the property today.

5/18/2010 - Don
This theater has been demolished. I don''t know exactly when, but I believe that it happened last fall.
2/7/2009 - Doug
Update, I allmost forgot one very important thing, at the time I was working there, M-78 Twins was the second largest drive-in the world, maesuring from camera to screen and the size of the screen. There was a Drive-In in New york that took First Place the Biggest!Till next time.

2/7/2009 - Doug
Hey Everyone; First I would like to say this is one Hell-of-a-websit. Been surf''in it for two days now and still not done. I was an employee at the M-78 when it was the twins back in 74-75. At that time there was a thing called in car heaters and it was my job to make darn sure they were workin. They were open year round and if anyone remembers, those were some cold winters.

We also had to install cables on the Speakers to asure no theft would accure. If my memeroy is right, the place was owned by Butterfield Theaters at the time. I also worked at the Lansing Drive-In the sumer of 74 repairing speakers and such. Once again I want to thank who ever is responseable for this website, It''s been a blast from the past.

6/21/2007 - Joel
As of June 2007 Super Cinemas and M78 twin drive in is still standing. I drive by it a lot and wonder what it would be like if it were open today. Please if you have any photos or any information at all please submit it because I am very interested in hearing more about this theatre''s story.
2/7/2005 - Pat Pixley
M-78 Has 3 weeks left till sold and will probably be torn down.
1/6/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
AMAZING A closed indoor cinema and 3 screen closed Drive-In on one lot Offices, ticket booths, driveways, parking, huge snack bar. A must see for the theatre enthusiast, hurry though because lot has been sold to developers for homes.
1/6/2003 - Drive-Ins.com
The M-78 Twin Drive-In Theater opened as a year-round theater on Friday, November 7th, 1969. It was the second of three Red Screen/Blue Screen themed drive-ins opened by National Amusements/Redstone Theaters in the late 60s-early 70s. The first to open in May, 1969 was the Cascade Twin in Grand Rapids. The third was the Miracle Twin in Flint, which opened in February, 1973. The Cascade was closed and demolished, the Miracle Twin remains open in 2001.

The M-78 Twin became a triple in 1977 when a third green screen was added, using a portion of the blue screens field. A fourth screen was planned at the same time, but was never built. The M-78 Drive-In became a twin again in 1992 when the green screen and field were removed to allow for the addition of a Super Cinemas multiplex indoor theater. The M-78 Twin was scheduled to reopen as usual in May,1993 as shown in the photo of the marquee, it never did.

The M-78 has sat idle since then. The screens were demolished on November, 17th, 1999, and the Super Cinemas indoor theater closed in July, 2000. The M-78 ticket booths, snack bar, office, and the Super Cinemas all remain standing as of November, 2001. Supposedly the property has been sold, and is scheduled for residential development.

Ron Gross/.
1/6/2003 - Drive-Ins.com
I live right down the road from the M78. Its been shut down since long before we moved here. We drove out to the site this week. There are no fences and you can just walk around the site as you please. The screens are gone, as are the poles.

The ticket booths are pretty smashed up. The concession area is boarded up, but one set of boards was down, so it was open if you wanted to walk in (we didnt). The concession building is a huge building that must have been beautiful when it was operating. Its glass all of the way around with a very modern appearance.

The amazing thing is how much the field has grown up. The weeds had taken over all of the field and were encroaching on the concession and ticket buildings. Its very strange to walk around the site. Alas, soon it will be gone to residential development.

It was so sad to see the waste there on that site. Charles Owen.
1/6/2003 - MichiganDriveIns.com
National Amusements built the Super Cinemas at the front of the M-78 Drive-In property. Follow the drive to the right for the indoor and to the left for the outdoor.
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - LANES - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
LANES - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - MORE LANES - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
MORE LANES - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - TICKET BOOTH - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
TICKET BOOTH - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - ANOTHER TKT BOOTH - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
ANOTHER TKT BOOTH - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION SHOT - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
CONCESSION SHOT - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
CONCESSION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
CONCESSION NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
CONCESSION NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
CONCESSION NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - DRIVEWAY - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
DRIVEWAY - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - CONCESSION NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
CONCESSION NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - IN OFFICE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
IN OFFICE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
INSIDE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE CONCESSION - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
INSIDE CONCESSION - PHOTO FROM CINEMA TOUR
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE PROJECTION
INSIDE PROJECTION
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE PROJECTION
INSIDE PROJECTION
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE PROJECTION
INSIDE PROJECTION
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE PROJECTION
INSIDE PROJECTION
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE PROJECTION
INSIDE PROJECTION
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - JOHNS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
JOHNS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - MANAGERS OFFICE NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
MANAGERS OFFICE NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - OFFICE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
OFFICE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE PROJECTION
INSIDE PROJECTION
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - M-78 AERIAL SPRING 2007
M-78 AERIAL SPRING 2007
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - M-78 AERIAL SPRING 2007
M-78 AERIAL SPRING 2007
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - M-78 AERIAL SPRING 2007
M-78 AERIAL SPRING 2007
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - M-78 AERIAL SPRING 2007
M-78 AERIAL SPRING 2007
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE PROJECTION
INSIDE PROJECTION
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - M-78 AERIAL SPRING 2007
M-78 AERIAL SPRING 2007
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE PROJECTION
INSIDE PROJECTION
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - JOHNS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
JOHNS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - MANAGERS OFFICE NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
MANAGERS OFFICE NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - OFFICE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
OFFICE - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - OLD MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
OLD MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - OLD SCREEN - PHOTO FROM RG
OLD SCREEN - PHOTO FROM RG
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - RESTROOMS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
RESTROOMS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - MANAGERS OFFICE NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
MANAGERS OFFICE NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - LOT NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
LOT NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - SPEAKER FROM DARRYL BURGESS
SPEAKER FROM DARRYL BURGESS
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN FROM DARRYL BURGESS
SCREEN FROM DARRYL BURGESS
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN FROM DARRYL BURGESS
SCREEN FROM DARRYL BURGESS
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN AND POLES FROM DARRYL BURGESS
SCREEN AND POLES FROM DARRYL BURGESS
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN FROM DARRYL BURGESS
SCREEN FROM DARRYL BURGESS
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN FROM DARRYL BURGESS
SCREEN FROM DARRYL BURGESS
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE FROM DARRYL BURGESS
MARQUEE FROM DARRYL BURGESS
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - OLD AERIAL FROM CARL EASLICK
OLD AERIAL FROM CARL EASLICK
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - OLD AERIAL FROM CARL EASLICK
OLD AERIAL FROM CARL EASLICK
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - COURTESY TICKET
COURTESY TICKET
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - AD - PHOTO FROM RG
AD - PHOTO FROM RG
M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL PHOTO
AERIAL PHOTO

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