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10/22/2016 - Jefferson Beach - St. Clair Shores - William Falkner
I grew up at Jefferson beach.

my mother worked for king amusement,witch had amusement rides. Mr stall owned park his wife used to be frozen in ice. It was a great place to grow up in the 50s. the hillbilly up stars in the bath house.

speed boat rides. i have run every ride,worked every consign,by I was 14. The fire hurt the park. god bless.

mr way burn,buckels the bun. The Coney island you front of park, by his turn around. probley have some great pictures.
10/16/2016 - Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore - Terry
I stumbled upon this site because I was looking up info on both Grand Bend and St.

Thomas / Sparta Dragways. That got me thinking of Motor City Dragway and Windsor Dragway. I am 59 yrs old so I don't have driving stories from the 60s other than the awesome memories of my Dad taking me to these strips when I was 8 to about 14 yrs old. My Dad passed away 4 yrs ago and I couldn't find any of the pictures he had taken on those trips.

I was raised in Sarnia Ontario. We used to take the Sombra Ferry to go to Motor City. Looking at the pictures reminds me the fact that Motor City Dragway got all the big names. The first time I saw The Little Red Wagon and Hemi Under Glass was at Motor City.

I raced Mustangs there from '73 to'76 on a high school students budget. My friends and I would go over with our cars. Some times I did ok most times not so much. It was always fun though.

There were always wild cars racing. When my wife and I fly anywhere we take the Sombra Ferry to Marine City to go to Detroit airport. I always get an urge to drive down the road that took you to the strip. I am feeling very good right now.

I am thinking of my Dad and how I used to love talking with the racers when I was a kid. I am so glad I stumbled across this site. I will be a regular reader now and will pass it on to my friends. Thankyou.

10/13/2016 - Blue Sky Drive-In Theatre - Caseville - Gary Baker
Hi everyone concerned with this Drive in.

too have memories of the Blue sky theater. Nancy I saw your post and I think i remember you and several others from this area. I actually grew up literaly at the drive in. My dad was partners with my uncle Jim from Lapeer, and at the age of 16 I moved to case-ville with my Grandmother, sister and brother to run the theater.

I ran the projectors and did most of the maintenance work including the electronic repairs and sound checks. At this time around 63/64/65 it was a family place not xxx, Harry bought this along with the Sunset in lapeer after my Aunt Margie and Uncle Jim passed away, probably around 69 or so. I do remember the farm house across the street, one of the girls would come over and watch me change the Marquee sign. I remember Gotts corners and i think they had a meat market where we would buy from stuff for the concession stand.

SOme of you might remember me or my grandma, brother or sister. My sisters name was Susie, or Janice, by brother was Steve an he was about 11, My grandma was a small short lady with dark hair. The locals would tell people that she was a trained karate expert and to watch out and not mess with her. DO any of you remember the Silks, or Larry Troust? I thank this site for a chance to remember this part of my life, I had thought that it was gone and would not be remembered by anyone since it was pretty much over 50 years ago.

I also remember the triffic beach parties going on on the caseville beaches. During the summer the town looked like a summer vacation movie. I hope this reflection finds you all well and I hope to return to case-ville and look around with my family. I went to caseville school for a year or two then transfered to Elton Pidgon Baayport High for a while before returning to the flint area and gruaduated from Ainsworth in flint township.

Im going to look for pictures that I put away decades ago and is I find them I will try to post them for everone, thanks again for this time to remember..
10/8/2016 - Linden Theatre - Linden - N. R. Tate
According to the website CinemaTreasures, the Linden Theater had a capacity of 316 seats.
10/2/2016 - Garden Theatre - Flint - N. R. Tate
According to info from the website Cinema Treasures, this building was designed by Detroit-based architect C. Howard Crane.
10/2/2016 - Nicks 41 Speedway - Ishpeming - John Karvonen
Cool web site.

Just picked up a 1969 Copo Camaro that was at Nicks alot. Its black and Bob Kivela owned it at that time. It had Kivela and Swift on the door. Found it in Beaver Grove about a year ago.

It was sitting for 40 years!Talked to Bob and he remembers it like it was yesterday. Going to start a concours ground up restoration on this very special car soon. There are only twelve know black 69 copo Camaro on the planet. And this one was a regular at Nicks.

How cool is that. And it was very fast. Does anyone have any pictures of this car?or movies?thanks.
9/23/2016 - Pleasure Island Water Park - Norton Shores - Sonya Johnson
I really like the Haunted Forrest they would have at Pleasure Island during Halloween.

It was really scary. There were shallow graves that people would pop out of and chase you. I also remember someone chasing me with a chainsaw. I thought my friend was holding on to me in fear, and it was one of the workers dressed like a demon.

That scared the mess out of me..
9/18/2016 - Star Theatre - Brooklyn - Josh Mitoska
We are still here, we have turned the outside into a canvas for street art Find us on facebook Water STREET ART Project.
9/18/2016 - Movies 16 - Warren - Cameron
MJR just bought this theater. They're going to renovate it & create a 16-screen theater with first-run films, 4 screens with 3D capability, a bar, Pepsi Spire drink dispensers & leather chairs. It's scheduled to open in February.
9/18/2016 - Harbor Theatre - Ecorse - Kim Watters Struthers
We were just talking about the Harbour Theater yesterday. As Keith mentioned above, there was a contest to name the theater. My Aunt, Hollis Sage Flavin won the contest Can you imagine winning $100 back in 1948? I am emailing the newspaper clipping/picture to you.
9/11/2016 - Village Green Theatre - Marysville - Jeff Young
This is actually the Playhouse Theater in Marysville.

There was a Village Green Theater across the parking lot in the small strip mall and it had one small theater in it. The Playhouse started off as two theaters and eventually went to three, then closed. It is now a Wesleyan Church. I can send pictures off both if you would like as I live about a mile away.

9/11/2016 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - Jim Laraway
Sorry to hear about your Brother Bill. I have three old photos maybe I can find a kid to show me how to post them?.
9/2/2016 - Gratiot Drive-In Theatre - Roseville - Tom Holbrook
As teens, a carload of guys (don't ask how I know this) used to sneak in to the Gratiot Drive-In by slowly backing in a carfull, with the car lights off, into the exit! Worked every time! The downside was that most of the movies weren't very interesting to us at that age.

This was in the 50s. A school friend once, who had a pilot's license, took me up in a small plane and the one sight I recall that flight was looking down as we flew over the Gration Drive-In. It was very much like some of the views on this site. My flyover was probably circa 1954-55.

9/2/2016 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Tom Holbrook
I grew up in the 50s able to hear the distant roar of Motor City Speedway on hot summer nights all the way over on 9-1/2 Mile Road in East Detroit.

Then, in my mid and late teens I worked at the Speedway selling Coca Cola for three years (10c/cup, 2c/profit). We carried metal Coke cases with 20 bottles each, and experienced guys carried three cases at a time from the supply room under the main grandstand up into the stands. For that 2c profit you had to carry the case up, open the 6oz bottle, take out a paper cup (we carried those too), fill the cup and hand it to the spectator. On hot nights I made $6-$7 a night as the top seller (I had earned the main grandstand as top-seller territory).

It was cash, non-taxed, and 3 race nights a week, so I was earning maybe $80-$90/mo, though I didn't realize it then (that was pretty big money for a 16/17-year-old back then. Sometimes I got a ride with a friend, but usually I hitchhiked to MCS. Hard work, but free entrance to all the races (and occasional boxing matches). Them wuz da daze!.

9/2/2016 - Standish Speedway - Standish - Kevin
Clarence LaLonde owns the track. I'd try calling their trucking company.
9/2/2016 - Tuxedo Theatre - Detroit - Harrison Engle
As a young boy in 1950-1958 I used to attend this small neighborhood theatre on Hamilton Avenue. It seemed very charming. I remember nearly every film I saw there, including FORT APACHE, SANDS OF IWO JIMA, (after their original release) HOUDINI and BEAU JAMES. I would love to see a photo of this lost theatre which gave me many happy memories.
9/2/2016 - Rosedale Theatre - Detroit - Harrison Engle
I grew up in Detroit in the 1950s.

On my birthday in June of 1953, my Mom took me to the Rosedale Theater on Woodward Avenue to see the movie, SHANE. It was a life changing experience. (I subsequently became a film director. ) The film was wonderful, and the Rosedale was, as I recall, quite a beautiful neighborhood theater.

I would love to see a historical photo of the Rosedale as it was in the early '50s, before it was changed into a church..
9/2/2016 - Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore - Art Thibault
I own the Motor City Dragway trademark.

Would to see some more photos and trying to find the weekly mailers that was sent in the mail for upcoming events and old posters etc. would love to see this placed restored it is historical landmark Luke the Packard proving grounds. The township now has a new board and said they would like news businesses again. It's still rural around track Burms could be built around grounds with shrubbery to help noise.

Love to see it a old bracket track again!! My Facebook site is Fans Of The Old Motor City Dragway ask to join to relive the memories!!!..
8/28/2016 - Deer Acres - Pinconning - countrygirl
All the information about Deer Acres opening again, I DO Not see that happening It has been closed for @ least 5 years or more. don't get me wrong they have Car Shows and movie nights there but none of the attractions are up to date and It was a beautiful place to go to with young children so they car learn there nursery rhymes. I will believe it when I see it when families can come back and make memories. Beautiful place gone to waste.
8/28/2016 - Packard Proving Grounds - Utica - Paul Spring
The address of the Packard Proving Grounds is 49965 Van Dyke Ave. , Shelby Township, MI 48317 The person to contact for tours or events including weddings is Mary-Anne Demo maryanne@packardevents. org (586)943-5785 or fax at (586)933-2557 The information provided says that it's on 23 mile road but the entrance is actually right off of Van Dyke south of 23 Mile Road.
8/28/2016 - Kalamazoo Speedway - Kalamazoo - Brett Davis
Bob Kitzmiller measured the inside of the track with a 49 mercury and the story has it that he measured a perfect 3/8th mile on the third try and this is the inside track distance to this day.

Problem is a 49 Mercury was equipped with a 1/10th odometer and measuring a perfect 3/8th mile with a 1/10th odometer and getting it perfect on the third try would not be possible. Mr. kitzmiller never measured 3/8th, he measured 3/10th which is the inside distance of the track today at 1584 feet. the base of the track at the outside wall is 1756 feet.

Two feet three inches short of a perfect 1/3rd mile. Kalamazoo Speedway is not and never was a 3/8th mile. It is actually 223 feet 9 inches short of 3/8th and it is a world record nothing.
8/28/2016 - Van Dyke Theatre - Detroit - Ed Golick
As of August 23, 2016, the Van Dyke is being demolished.
8/17/2016 - Edgewater Park - Detroit - Helen Kelley
I am now 69 yrs old, and thoughts of the old Edgewater Park come to mind.

From 1953-1976~ Through my childhood and the birth of my children there was Edgewater Park. My favorite rides were the roller coaster and the Octopus. My son loved the roller coaster, and my daughter enjoyed going through the House of Mirrors. So many wonderful, fun memories & blue cotton candy.

I remember a very different Detroit than what we see in the 21st century..
8/17/2016 - Edgewater Park - Detroit - Radjack
We used to go every year.

I remember in the 1960's my sister and I finally got the courage to ride the wild mouse and it broke down while we were in line. People had to be rescued it was stuck up high. Later we checked back and watched as a maintenance worker rode the entire ride standing up holding on with one hand. We thought if he can do that we can ride on it, so we got in line and rode it a couple times that day and regularly on our return visits.

8/11/2016 - State Theatre - Grand Rapids - Doug Taylor
AKA Bird's New State opened its doors at 7 p.

m. on Saturday, July 30, 1927. The first evening's program featured Ralph Waldo Emerson from radio station WLS in Chicago, at the console of a new Kilgen wonder organ. Built by Boshoven / Willer on the northwest corner of Stocking Avenue and Second Street, the State was operated by attorney Samuel H.

Himelstein and later by Beecher's, Inc. Harry C. Himelstein managed the theater for his brother in the 1930's, and was known for his showmanship and gimmicks (including raising dust from the stage floor as would attempt a little soft-shoe with his ample frame, according to John Szczytko). At that time, they lived at 311 Garfield N.

W. This was perhaps the only theater in Grand Rapids to at one time feature Polish-language films. Creator: Father Dennis Morrow.
8/6/2016 - Northern Michigan Dragway - Bear Lake - Brian Ledford
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Ledford 231.

218. 2657 Mopars Against the World Attendance hits 3100 8/3/2016 Kaleva- When last year's record crowd of 2,600 people attended the Northern Michigan Dragway 18th Annual Mopars Against the World event, a question was raised. How big is this going to get? The 2015 event drew in 1,966 spectators and had a total estimation of 2,600 overall attendance. In keeping up with the recent tradition of breaking records, the crowd this past weekend's 19th Annual MATW increased by 455 spectators to 2,421 pit and spectator admissions.

The event's overall attendance was approximately 3,100 people. Plans are in place to accommodate for more parking, and even earlier starting times to keep from running so late into the morning hours. Looking ahead on the 2016 schedule, the Cory Gunther Memorial Race, points event #12 is taking place Saturday August 13th. Race #13 is slated for August 20th.

The 4th Annual Blue Oval Battle, featuring Ford competitors taking on all others, takes place August 26th and 27th. NMD is located three miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road. Full race results, event times and points standings can be found at NorthernMichiganDragway. net and NMD's Facebook page.

8/6/2016 - Jackson 10 - Jackson - Chu8ck
Did this theatre open as the Jackson 8? On Cinema Treasures it lists a Jackson 8 with no address in Grand Rapids.
8/1/2016 - Movies at West Main - Kalamazoo - Brian Coady
I remember this mall opening in the late 60's.

It was filled with stores and it was always busy. At the center was the most fabulous fountain with long delicate arms emanating from a silver orb and each ending it a flower-like spray of water. The whole thing was lit in various colors at some indiscernible rhythm. There was spencer's gifts there, and in the back was this big black light poster that had drawers of naked people, and I would sneak in there to peek and I felt so wrong but drawn nonetheless.

The movie theaters were state of the art and we're at the far west end. I remember watching the towering inferno there and thinking it was such a great movie. Wow.
7/29/2016 - New Baltimore - New Baltimore - Tony
it was a horse racing training facility back in the late 70's/early 80's.
7/27/2016 - Night-Sky Drive-In Theatre - Beulah - Aaron Wissner
From the 1955 satellite image, it looks to me like the Night-Sky was located on the west of US-31 where Amerigas now stands.

Look at the satellite image, and you'll see the tell-tale curved rows moving back away from US-31. You can also see that the rows are smaller in the front, and get larger away from the screen, but are limited by the size of the property. Behind that now is a campground, which seems like it makes sense, being behind the site of a closed drive-in. The property number is: Property Number: 02-103-032-00.


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