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11/27/2019 - Towne Theatres 4 - Oak Park - Mark Schmeling
During the first decade of its existence, the Towne was an excellent single screen, first-run theater showing features such as Lenny, The Man Who Would Be King and Days of Heaven and a choice re-release of Giant. The Towne was a seven mile trip from my home, but well worth it.
11/27/2019 - Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Burnside - Jeff T
Does anyone know who owns this theatre. Does anything remain of this drive in?.
11/27/2019 - Blue Sky Drive-In Theatre - Pontiac - Joel Poole
Yes I remember this place well as a kid. I was surprised to find this and another site posting info about it ! I lived in the neighborhood across Walton Blvd on Genes Dr “walking distance” I remember seeing “Jaws” in 75 when it premiered that summer. Every time I see Jaws I think of Blue Sky Drive In. good ol memories !.
11/2/2019 - Centre Theatre - Grand Blanc - Jayna
The building was demolished in the early/mid 2010s. It is now the site of a small group of stores, including a Dollar Tree.
11/2/2019 - Allen Park 5 - Allen Park - Kim Connell
Hi there old friend, Just an update to the Allen Park 5, owned by the chain I have been working for almost 14 years at, MJR Theatres.

They're closing it for good on Thursday, 10/10. Donating it to the city of Allen Park if they can. There are numerous articles, in the Freep and Crain's and WWJ. Check it out.

Hope you are well and thanks for keeping the site rolling all these years! Kim Connell Warren, MI..
11/2/2019 - Pleasure Island Water Park - Norton Shores - TOM JENSEN
I was at this waterpark when I was seven or eight called pleasure island.

They were famous for this ride called the black hole. It was basically this slide that went straight down and you did a big turn and shot you out the end. I remember the g forces were so intense, so intense I couldn't raise my head or my body, and it being very dark. I remember flying out the end of this epic slide and shooting straight up sitting while shaking my head with this look of disbelief.

Like that was intense. I got off the slide, ran past some group and back to the kiddy rides. Over the course of the next few years, I was the at the very end of their 30 second commercial spot into they eventually went out of business.
10/5/2019 - Nicks 41 Speedway - Ishpeming - Don Christensen
Spent many weekends there, we raced a 550 Suzuki that was fairly modified, ran 13.

6’s. Remember the guy with the snowmobile engine lay down bike, I was standing behind the line when he stood it on end on a pass and nearly wiped out, the next week he had wheely bars. He had a pretty strong car too. The guy with the altered was Jeff Deridder.

Helped him out when he was up racing. Had a Nicks 41 T Shirt, wish I still did!..
9/26/2019 - Nortown Theatre - Detroit - Pamela (Chadwick) Savant
My grandmother, Clara Reuter (Kuester) ran the sodette and candy area in the early days. She lived at 7617 Robinwood and so did I. So many fond memories. I think we went to the dentist in the same building (Shulman).
9/26/2019 - Pine Air Drive-In Theatre - Baldwin - Bob Dempsey
I remember this as a fun place.

A place different to go other that the big star Melody roller rink. Us out of towner kids whose parents owned cabins and cottages around big and little twin lakes would go there to meet and hang out with other teens, we even would watch the movie sometimes. the first time I had too much to drink was there, with Norm Hunt and Betty Johnson. I had the biggest crush on a girl.

who I believe was the owners daughter. she was a Valerie bertinelli looking girl. she sometimes worked in the concession stand. wonder what ever happened to her.

That was so long ago, 1969 to 1976 or so when I went there..
9/26/2019 - Great Lakes Theatre - Detroit - Mark Schmeling
That Mike Filey photo has thrown me for a loop.

I can't believe that is the Great Lakes on Grand River Ave. No. Impossible. It's some other Great Lakes Theatre.

As a kid I worked my way up and down Grand River Ave between the Redford, the Norwest, and the Great Lakes. For a time, didn't the days of the week light up on both sides of the proscenium arch during coming attractions, signifying when the next movies would be playing??????? I too worked, for about a year, at the transformation from Great Lakes to Vest Pocket. I believe Max Morath: An Evening at the Turn of the Century was the initial stage offering, then Buddy Ebsen appeared in, The Apple of His Eye, and then - the reason the Neaderlander's slapped a fresh coat of paint on this old venue - the Detroit premiere of America's Tribal Love Rock Musical - Hair.
9/26/2019 - Harmony Theatre - Detroit - Fortunato LaBarbera
I worked at the Admiral Theatre in Detroit from 1960 to 1966 when I was drafted in the Army.

The owners of the theatre back then were the Brook's Brothers. They were like a second and third father to me. I ran the projection booth and managed the theatre when the manager was off or on vacation, many different assignments. I have very fond memories of the theatre and the people I worked with.

I lost track of the owners, and I wish I could find what ever happened to them or where they are laid to rest. I am certain at my age that they were laid to rest since they were much older than me. Great , Great memories.
9/10/2019 - Prairie River Speedway - Centreville - jody gest
i was born in 1958 so the track had closed 2 year before that.

my dad had raced there so i only heard stories. i grew up right next to the track and remember walking to it and seeing only a few bleachers and the tower which was all that was left. if anyone has photos I'm looking for my dads number 99. please email me.

8/27/2019 - Big Rapids Cinema - Big Rapids - John McDowell
This location has been an AMC property for several years. I think they are branding it as an AMC Classic.
8/17/2019 - Thunder Road Raceway - Cass City - michael kish
my uncle Garry Cox used to race there fifty years ago.

he was underaged at the time (16) but looked older. lots of bump and run went on there. came across this doing a little research for his eulogy. he passed 8/11/19.

good memories..
8/17/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - jerry braun
great to see all the people turn out for the meet& greet hope they do it again I could not stay long but I really enjoyed it.
8/17/2019 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - Helen
Marva Ogle.

I also went to Ruddiman and Wilson, but Cody was my high school. My sister went to Mackenzie. We lived on Ashton between Warren and Sawyer. Her name was Evelyn Shuput.

My grandfather worked at the Warren Theatre as the janitor. His name was Rade. We spent lots of Sunday afternoons at that show in the 50's.
8/17/2019 - Fort George Drive-In Theatre - Southgate - josh
I remember my Godfather lived across the street from the Fort George Drive-In and the Southgate cinema in the early 1980s. I remember Fast Times at Ridgemont High had just opened and was showing at the drive-in and his daughter and her friends who were much older than I am went to see Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D at the cinema. Used to think how cool that all of these movies were practically in their front yard and short walking distance.
8/6/2019 - Mecca Theatre - Saginaw - Joel Max Curran
I found an old photo of the Mecca Theater that I would like to share but don't know how?. From the site administrator: Just email the photo to waterwiinterwonderland@gmail. com.
8/6/2019 - Skyline Auto Theatre - Morenci - David Carlson
Hi Joe, You are correct.

The McCleans owned the drive-in in Wauseon, Oh, the drive-in in Morenci, Mi. and at least for a time, the Rex Theater in Morenci. They also owned a motel at exit 20 on the Ohio Turnpike outside of Wauseon. The Morenci Drive-in was barely inside Michigan by several feet.

The McCleans were close friends of my family and have passed on..
8/6/2019 - Fort George Drive-In Theatre - Southgate - Bob
Yeah right Frank. They gonna tear down a drive in. Then rebuild it from scratch.
8/6/2019 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Marcy
A cousin recently passed and left me with some nice photos and autographs of drivers/cars who raced at the Motor City Speedway.

I'm so fascinated - I spent more than a few nights at the Mt. Clemens race track as a kid. (and I still enjoy a good dirt track race at the Merrit Speedway from time to time) My cousin was born in 1932 and one photo is dated 1947, so I'm guessing most are from the mid-1940's. I could use some help making sure I've deciphered the autographs correctly.

Each autograph also has the car number and/or color: Ralph Pratt :: Bill Mitchell :: Chuck Mesler :: Al Bonnell :: Carl Forberg :: Howard Marlen :: Art Hartfeld :: Buddy Huesman :: George Witzman :: Jimmy McKeague :: Carson Zeiter :: Andy Barto :: Jake Jacobson? :: ?John Smigg? (cream & red) :: ?Chuck L. ? M68 (Guy Lombardo's racing racing partner 1946 Gold Cup Boat Racers) :: Pete Romcevich :: Eddie Ostwick :: Iggy Katona :: ?B*** Luce? (B6) :: Wayne Wynn :: Roy Duby :: Bernie Jacobson :: Neal Carter :: ?Perceaver Southcatt? (1 Black) :: Al Placky :: Johnny Wohlfeil :: Jack/Dick? Nalou (Bronze 21) :: Al Momenee :: Johnny Fredericks :: ? Bart? St John (46 white/black) :: Bill Clifton Kind Regards, Marcy gopeachy5@gmail. com.
7/27/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - Karen Devlin Taylor
my family Neal and Laura Devlinhad the 120 Doug Harvey and many others drove for us. i grew up at the speedway Great to hear about this meet and greet.
7/27/2019 - Commerce Drive-In Theatre - Commerce - Aaron Shivnen
I am interested in developing the land here for a new Drive-In Theater.

I have begun the planning process, I believe there is a market for this and I am moving forward to procuring approval. Bob, I am interested in your thoughts on what a modern throw-back to the fifties Drive-In Theater should look like. Email me at AShivnen@kennedyind. com if you are interested.

7/27/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - todd romeo
i am son of joe (sneaky snake) romeo.

learned to drive at the track in 74 when mom and dad ran it that year. got lots of old photos of that place and drivers. dad passed in 03 but memories live on. dad won his first race in the quigley boys 181 modified in like 71.

7/18/2019 - Merrie Melodie Theatre - Rochester Hills - Gaj
I remember being a little kid and being mesmerized by this little movie theatre in the old Meadowbrook Mall. I remember a gentleman at the front box office window in a coat and tie and they would show older movies like Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Equus and Mary Queen of Scots.
7/10/2019 - Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - Manistique - Eric Sherbinow
So here is the official story on the U.

S. 2 Drive In Theater: For the last few years a couple of foolish guys with clearly too much time on their hands, who love movies and drive in theaters have been holding free community movie events at this theater. Eventually we named ourselves the Upper Peninsula Film Union. We find sponsors to pay for the licensing and we let local nonprofits operate the concession stand so they can raise money for their cause.

It's a big win for everyone. This old drive in has been for sale for many years and in the spring of 2018 it was nearly sold to a logging operation that would have use the property as a log storage yard. This would have been a real tragedy since this is the last standing drive in theater in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. As we were nearing the end of the 2018 movie season we decided to go ahead and approach a bank to see if we could finance the purchase of the property.

We formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit as the Upper Peninsula Film Union and went to talk to the president of a local bank. He was very aware of what we had been doing at the drive in for the last few years and thought it was wonderful. He was fully on board with the idea of the Film Union saving the drive in and we worked out a very good deal. Of course we still have to pay the loan back but we believe with future fundraising efforts and donations we will be able to do that in time.

The concession stand was in terrible condition and over the winter we have put a lot of work into it. It is far from done but the interior is getting close to completion. The exterior and the rest of the property is next on the hit list. Once the interior of the concession is complete we will start to kick the fundraising machine into gear.

We wanted to wait until we had something to show off. We have decided that we will use the original U. S. 2 Drive In name instead of the more recent Cinema 2 name (there was a theater downtown called Cinema 1 owned by the same person several years ago, that theater no longer uses that name so the Cinema 2 idea isn't as clever as it once was).

While we are not remodeling it to look like it originally did we are going for a look that would have been typical in the year it was built (1953). We will not be using the malt shop look that everyone doing something with a 50's look seems to do. This is not a malt shop. This is a drive in theater and everything will not be red, white, black and chrome.

Anyway, we have saved this theater from a very sketchy fate. We have kicked off the 2018 season with our first show on the 29th of June. Our next will be on the 27th of July. We only host 3 or 4 events per year because we know that if we did more the numbers of people attending each show would dwindle.

Plus it would be impossible to find sponsors for more events. On top of that we are volunteers with lives and jobs and we don't take a penny for what we do at the drive in. We do also host a monthly film club in the concession stand of the drive in. 6 to 12 people get together and we watch a randomly chosen film inside a cool, old drive in concession stand and then discuss the movie afterward.

It is always a good time. Sorry for the long-winded blab. If you want to help us save this sole survivor of the Upper Peninsula's cinema bygone years please find the U. Film Union on Facebook. You can be made aware of upcoming events there and find the link to our GoFundme. Thanks for taking a moment to read this!.
7/10/2019 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Moe Meiers
Miller, All I know of Harmon Willcutt is he drove a car #02. His cars were built by a guy name Roy Laffey. Roy I think worked for Eaton Axle. Roy had a son I think name Jim Laffey.

Around 1974-5 Jim was working for Gratiot Auto Supply, he would have been around 20 years old. Roy is probably gone. Harmon was the champion in either '58 or '57. George Cooper was the champion the other year and he drove #33 for Parkers Garage! Just my two cents worth! Moe!.

7/3/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - David G. Burkett
Does anybody remember John Burt Bob's brother inlaw. Or bud Bob's brother or Stan.
7/3/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - Erica
My bf just got back from mowing/brush hogging around the track for the last three hours. Why, you might ask? Because on August 10, we shall party. Paul Sroufe (Mel Sroufe) and friends are putting together a big bash - any and all who remember the good ol days of Manchester Speedway are welcome. We hope to see you there, with memories to share.
7/3/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - jerry braun

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