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7/23/2016 - Capitol Theatre - Flint - Kenneth Sherman
Work has finally begun on the restoration of the Capitol.

In 14-16 months we wil have an awesome new asset to our growing downtown. At a cost of 32 million dollars they are completely redoing the whole building and bringing back it's original grandeur. They are removing the plain 3rd story addition on the west side of the building and recreating the Terra Cotta on the roofline just like the remainder of the building. They are also recreating the coffered barrel ceiling in the lobby.

7/23/2016 - Mariner Theatre - Marine City - Kenneth Keith
Welcome to the Mariner, located in lovely Marine City, Michigan across from the St.

Clair River. This former theater was built in 1927 and has taken on many different lives over the years. The Mariner has recently been renovated in order to become home to Titanic - The Building of an Icon Exhibit, which includes the official builder's model of Titanic, Fine Art Models' galleries of museum quality, limited edition scale models and finds from around the world. We have also added a boutique theater with 48 original 1930's mohair theater seats.

We show classic movies, documentaries and independent films to an intimate audience. www. marinertheater. net.

7/23/2016 - Capitol Theatre - Flint - Dastardly Dan
The theater is now being restored with around $25 million in funding ($20 mil from private foundations, and another $5 mil from the state).
7/19/2016 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - Benjamin Johnson
My father Edwin Wolff Jr.

Used to race the 611 with my brother and I in the pits and stands watching him. All during the early to mid '60's. Good times. They called him high pockets.

7/16/2016 - Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - Manistique - Heidi
This theater will be open 7/15/16 for an 8:30 pm showing of Back to the Future. one day only.
7/16/2016 - Flint Park - Flint - brenda burda
Boy, was I stunned.

This is a picture of me and my little brother Mike. The little girl in the background was my cousin, Linda. We used to go to the Flint Park once a year. What a big deal it was for us kids.

We always wore our Sunday clothes. and our Moms would pack our lunch. This was a long, long time ago. My thanks to who ever took this picture, and who ever posted it.

Brenda Trimble, and now Brenda Burda..
7/16/2016 - Albion Motor Speedway - Albion - Doug Austin
at the end of first season when the track was closed all the buildings and grandstands were bought buy Lou Hayward for one thousand dollars and moved to Butler Motor Speedway, They cut the wood grandstands with chainsaws in sections to fit on Lou's lowboy trailer then splice back together at the track, they were used for a good ten years. My Father loaned Lou the thousand dollars and as I remember it took along time to get paid back.
7/16/2016 - Standish Speedway - Standish - mark s bala
Iam interested in the track would like to know if it is for sale or does the city of standish own it who do i get in contact with my phone number is 313 334 9047 thank you mark s bala.
7/5/2016 - Flint Park - Flint - Leona Weiss
Sorry to tell you another one of the Anger Boys Passed away Jimmy Edward Anger Died June 21, 2016 he has already been Cremated but they are having a Memorial Service for him at Swartz on Hill road in Flint, Mi My mother was Mary Anger her father Pat Anger Sr. was her father.
6/22/2016 - Sunset Drive-In Theatre - Midland - Tammy BB
I remember going there with such fond memories, I wish it would have still been open to take my kids there (or now my grandsons).

The first time I remember going there, was about 1970 or so, and we went there as an extended-family outing -my Mom, brothers, & me, and my Aunt and her kids as well. We saw Snoopy Come Home, I still remember how fun that night was! We didn't have a lot of money growing up, so my Mom always made popcorn and a jug of Kool-Aid, & sometimes sandwiches (instead of buying Concessions there). We also saw Jaws there, and the BIG screen really makes a difference! As a teenager, we would go almost weekly. The first movie I saw WITHOUT parents in tow was Conan the Barbarian.

What FUN!! They really need to open up Drive-Ins again for the new generations to enjoy, as we did growing up. I miss the closeness of times before cell phones and other gadgets! Thanks for listing the Sunset on here and letting me reminisce!..
6/10/2016 - Civic Detroit Theatre - Detroit - Tom Boufford
When I turned 16 and could legally get a job, I was hired by a local “mom & pop” drugstore.

Drudgery. Hated the work. Then I had a brainstorm: why not apply at the Civic Theatre for an usher's job? I did, and was hired! Hey. now I was in Show Business! The manager at that time (1954) was Eline Bright, formerly Eline Bowers.

A lovely lady, but she could be “hard as nails” if the situation called for toughness. Since I was in high school, most of my hours as an usher were on weekends, which meant working the Saturday matinees for kids. Oh, the mess they made! I remember we used to use wide snow shovels to shovel up the empty popcorn boxes, candy wrappers, etc. , and then bag this trash.

One thing I did on a weekly or semiweekly basis (depending on whether the movies changed mid-week) was change the marquee. There was a tall ladder and I had to change all three lines of the marquee, both sides, for $1. 00. And I loved it! I remember that when Gone with the Wind was playing, I suggested to Ms.

Bright that we use the top line of the marquee to state: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE! She was unsure we should do that (false advertising?) but I showed her a clipping from the newspaper that called GWTW the greatest movie ever made, so she allowed me to do that marquee that way. (Of course, I had at that time read GWTW at least 3 times, and had fallen in love with Scarlett O'Hara. ) When I graduated from Denby High School in 1956, I missed the Civic and Ms. Bright.

Now, seeing what has happened to this magnificent theatre, I feel sad..
6/6/2016 - Deer Forest Fun Park - Coloma - DAVE SMITH
Deer Forest has been closed for a couple years now. What's left is rundown & property was auctioned off last year.
6/5/2016 - Fairmount Theatre - Grand Rapids - Doug Taylor
This theatre opened as the Fairmont Theatre in 1930, it was later renamed the Roxy Theatre.

Closed as a movie theatre in 1945, and now houses retail. Listed as the Roxy Theatre in Film Daily Yearbook’s;1941 and 1943 editions. Seating capacity is given as 450. 2150 Plainfield In 1949 it is where Blessed Sacrament Church was listed.

In 1953 it is vacant. In 1964 it is the gun shop. Sometime between 1953 and 1964 it was a roller rink. Nearby Theaters: Creston Theatre, Crestonette Vaudette Theatre, Stadium Drive-In, Park Theatre, Royal Theatre.

Google Maps Street View now: https://www. google. com/maps/@43. 0020307,-85.

6542655,3a,76. 2y,113. 52h,82. 09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sI1DAXU6IOtmJ32aOOOYxVw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1 Built by Boshoven in 1929 as the Fairmount, and operated by W.

H. Semeyn, this was one of several Grand Rapids theaters named after famous New York City movie houses. S. Rothafel, better known as “Roxy,” was one of the late 1920's top moviehouse impresarios. He was a Minnesota native who had fought in the Boxer Rebellion, played minor league baseball, and mined coal before setting up his first nickelodeon. He later ran such lavish New York venues as the Strand, the Rialto, the Regent, and of course the Roxy. He carved out the opening night entertainment for John D.

Rockefeller's Radio City Music Hall on December 27, 1932. (Source: American Movie Classics Magazine, December, 1999, p. 12. ) The local Roxy Theater was closed by the mid-1940's.

In 1946 it was purchased by the newly-established Blessed Sacrament Catholic parish for $35,000, and for an additional $15,000 was remodeled into its first church. The projection room was converted into quarters for the pastor. The congregation worshiped here until 1950, when a combination church-school building was built on Diamond Avenue. For some years afterwards, the building was used as a roller skating arena.

(Source: Father Dennis Morrow)..
6/5/2016 - Regent Theatre - Grand Rapids - Doug Taylor
Regent Theatre Ballroom above theatre. Later it will be converted into a bowling lanes. Regent Theatre 1923–1964 133 Crescent St NW at about the Kent County building stands today on Vandenberg Plaza.
5/24/2016 - Michigan State Fairgrounds - Detroit - Steve Wolski
In that photo from Randy 100 lapper fairgrounds 1954, I can identify all but two of the drivers.

I don't know the second one in from the left or the second one in from the right. Does any one know who these drivers are? Also in the race that was run in 1955 it was a 250 lapper and was won by Mason Bright. He drove a 1955 Chevy #96. net..
5/19/2016 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Harvey Osborne
Looking for pictures or anyone who remembers Norm Tucker. Raced a car at Motor City Speedway in Detroit. Car was numbered 0 or 00. Had a giant spark plug on the roof.
5/15/2016 - Cinema 1 & 2 - Pontiac - J
The band Frontier Ruckus used this cinema as the cover of their album Deadmalls & Nightfalls and a lot of their lyrics are about Summit Place Mall.

(I can't include photos for some reason, but a quick Google will show you. ) They also do a music video outside of this place. Just another random bit for you guys. Oh, and in 2015 Oakland County Police Department was doing test-driving through the parking lot.

5/12/2016 - Auto City Speedway - Clio - Randy Adam
Very sad news for the Michigan local racing community.

legendary announcer, Tom Carnegie Award winning and Race Talk radio show host Larry Loynes passed away last week as he lost his battle with cancer. Larry was the Voice of Auto City Speedway for over 20 yrs along with announcing at Dixie and numerous other tracks. He also was the MC for the MRFC on occasion. He was a husband, father and dear friend of the racing community.

He supported local racing with a passion. He also interviewed the likes of Darrel Waltrip, Mario Andretti, Rusty Wallace, Brad Keselowski and others on his Race Talk radio show which was on every Wed night thru-out the summer. I will get some photos to post on here shortly. God Speed Larry.

5/9/2016 - Calvin Theatre - Dearborn - Edward
I remember seeing the Jonestown Massacre in 1979 and going there to see The Nude Bomb and Blues Brothers the Sunday the theater caught on fire. What a loss.
5/9/2016 - Dearborn Drive-In Theatre - Dearborn - Mark Querbach
I'm back, almost 4 years after my first post.

Glad I came back, because I remember some of those that have posted since. Dave Keliher, I remember you because you were starting as I was getting ready to move on. And Ron Swanson, of course I remember you. I almost felt like a member of your family for a few years there.

Steve Burgoyne, I think I remember hanging out with you at the drive-in. do you remember Linda Oliver's yellow VW Bug? Dearborn was so much a part of my early days. wish we could have a reunion! Some others that I remember (with apologies to those who's names escape me): Margaret Swanson (Ron's wife), Barry Packwood, Walt Knock, Marcy Coffman, Carlene Jarema, Clyde Bump Lewis, Jan Gebski, Cherry, Patti, Sandy McGahan, and so many more!.
5/7/2016 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - Leo Bolzman
Butch Kloz Most of us from Mount Clemens are on Facebook MOUNT CLEMENS SPEEDWY.
5/7/2016 - Wyandotte Theatre - Wyandotte - Robert Denial
The Wyandotte Theatre for many years was owned by Richard and Eugene Sloan, under the corporate name Suburban Detroit Theatres.
5/7/2016 - Jackson Motor Speedway - Jackson - Sandie Stull Hendrick
I still enjoy reading some of these, but I still find mistakes also.

First off - Bob did NOT built the track. Our dad, Ralph Stull SENIOR. Ralph Jr (Itchy) and Bob went into it together. Dad borrowed the money and was the President.

Our brother, Roger, was in the Coast Guards during most of the time we had the track, but he was also a part of it and seems to have been forgotten a lot! Dad passed away in 1968 from Strokes. Mom died in 1986 at age 88. She was a fantastic mother and a Fantastic Christian woman - She played the piano at Church on Wednesday night, went shopping Thursday, had a silent Heart Attack Friday night and died on Sunday. Two sisters, Janice and Wilma also died from Strokes.

Wilma in the late 1992 and Ralph Jr died 5 months later. Janice died. Both Bob and Ralph Jr were in World War II and Bot fought in the front lines - he confided to me later that he had to shoot many people, and I believe this is the reason the boys drank so much - a lot of men who fought in the front lines and killed people had a hard time facing what they had HAD to do so that we could live freely. Ron was in during the Vietnam War and he also fell into the drinking, but there is no confirmed information that he committed Suicide.

His life at the end was something bothering him and he drank to be able to forget - just as the others did. Roger had the same problem - he was in the Coast Guard and he had to retrive many young children that had drowned in Lake Michigan during his 4 years. He was cremated and his ashes have been scattered at different tracks - including Eldora where he and his boys went to races at Tony's track for years. So our of 7 children, only 2 of us are still around.

I still see people that knew our family and reminisce about the track. And does anyone member Bill Tripp - NO-ONE can forget him - he would help dad when Bob and Ralph couldn't be around to help him. Any by t he way, Bill has cancer and is being cared for in his home by nurses and family. He might appreciate a card or two! He went to our Church the last few years and the minute he saw me, he remembered my name and had to have a big hug from me.

He really was one big help to my dad at the track! He turned 95, I believe on his last birthday. He told me he has almost 200 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren - he's a proud man!..
5/7/2016 - Westborn Theatre - Dearborn - Vern
The Westborn was a rather good theater, all things considered.

The movies were second run and the showtimes were limited during the week (on the weekend there were matinees). However, compared to the Ford Tel (the other local dollar theater) the theater was less populated and felt more like a smaller version of a larger theater. I can't recall the last films I saw here, but I want to say it was in the winter of 1989/1990ish (I remember taking the kids to see The Wizard and Tremors). Either way, there was a quality to the theater many bigger theaters today lack.

5/7/2016 - Camelot 1-2-3 - Dearborn - Vern
The Camelot was around until the late 80s or early 90s, if memory serves.

It became a dollar movie theater sometime in the 80s (perhaps it was $1. 50). Sadly, the theater was in very poor condition. The patrons were always pushy, the floors sticky and the snack bar poorly stocked.

Of course, for the price, you got what you paid for..
5/2/2016 - Northern Michigan Dragway - Bear Lake - Brian Ledford
Racers and fans alike had been anxiously awaiting the Saturday April 30th season opener for several months.

Coming off a record-breaking season in all attendance categories, Northern Michigan Dragway started the 2016 season where it left off the previous year. Over 200 spectators were on hand, to watch 93 race entries participate in Saturday’s opening day test and tune event. The previous best turnout for opening day had been 65 entries. The newly-poured concrete starting line performance came around quickly.

The fastest dragster was driven by Kip Burkhardt of Coldwater, running the eighth-mile in 5. 03 seconds elapsed time (E. T. ) at a top speed of 137.

34 miles-per-hour with his Ford-powered entry. Frank Piltz of Cadillac had the quickest door slammer entry, as his 1990 Pontiac Firebird performed a best pass of 5. 31 E. and topping out at 137. 37 mph. The fastest snowmobile pass was made by Mike Brown of Traverse City with a 2017 Arctic Cat, 5. 93 seconds at 132.

10 mph. Racing action will continue this Saturday with another test and tune scheduled from 2-6 pm. The following Saturday, May 14th will be the first bracket race event of the season with time trials set to begin at 6 pm. NMD is located 3 miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road.

For more information visit NorthernMichiganDragway. net or call (231)362-3439..
5/2/2016 - Mercury Theatre - Detroit - Chris Ott
My grandfather was one of the painters of the murals. He was from Sweden and came came to America in the 1920s. He and another person painted them. Nobody believes this but it is absolutely true.
4/30/2016 - Southland Theatres 4 - Taylor - jt
as of 4/21/15 the Cinemark Southland Center 12 and xd theatre is now open. features include stadium seating and power recliner chairs in every auditorium.
4/30/2016 - Detroit Dragway - Brownstown Twp - Joe Uratchko
W Smith. Give Chris Holbrock a call at Holbrok Racing Engines in Livonia, Mich. Carl was his father. He has pictures of that car on the wall.
4/25/2016 - Horizon Cinemas - Traverse City - Adam V
This theater is now, sadly closed, December 10, 2015, i was one of the last few to close the theater for the last time.

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