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4/20/2015 - Jackson Motor Speedway - Jackson - Bernard Bradley
Wow , such memories , my dad Bernard Bradley Sr.

Was pit stewart at JMS , Lansing motor speedway ,and at Onandaga dragway back then , This was early 60s , R. G. Attwood was the head man , i barley remember the Henry's , i was 5 -6 years old. I Remember ,Gordon , Nolan ,Johncock , Gary and Butch Feedawa , Barefoot Bob Kesoslowski.

Jumpin Jerry Lind , I still have photos of pile ups , my dad and his white hat , Donnie and Carl the speedway clowns my sister and me with Gordie. The awsome banking , the competition , So Fast. WOW !!!!!.
4/20/2015 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - Jim Myers
I was a ticket taker and usher in 1953-1954. I remember Big Al and his girlfriend who was the cashier. I was only 15, and went to Cody High School. Lots of memories.
4/18/2015 - Maple Hill Cinema - Kalamazoo - Bryan
This is my first memory of going to the cinema, 1976 I would have been 3 years old.

My family went to see Midway in Sensesurround. The Speakers would make the entire theater shake. Half way though I had to be pulled from the movie because it was too much for me. My mom and I sat in the lobby for the rest of the movie waiting for my father.

I believe when it opened there were only 2 screens and then later they split one of the theaters to make it the Maple Hill Cinema I II & III..
4/14/2015 - Emerald Theatre - Mount Clemens - Kim Connell
From Crain's Detroit.

Macomb Music Theatre owners file bankruptcy, it may trump receivership Chad Halcom The cost of floor and plaster repair inside the Emerald Theatre was estimated in 2012 at $1 million or more, according to then-new owner Wally Mona. The Macomb Music Theatre in downtown Mt. Clemens, formerly known as the Emerald Theatre, may be out of receivership after about one month, now that its owners have sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Detroit. The 94-year-old theater, owned since 2012 by Wally Mona and Marc Beginin, was placed in receivership Feb.

4 by Oakland County Circuit Judge James Alexander in a lawsuit by Farmington Hills-based Domestic Uniform Rental Inc. But the court-appointed receiver, Paul Nine of Bloomfield Hills-based Paul L. Nine & Associates PC, said that appointment ended when Beginin- and Mona-owned companies M&W Holdings LLC, Macomb Development Group LLC, Macomb Entertainment Group Inc. and Emerald Entertainment Group Inc.

sought voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization this week. The four companies own the theater property and the adjacent former Johnny G’s Bar and Grill along Walnut Street, also acquired about two years ago, along with liquor licenses for both establishments, attorneys said. The bankruptcy stays all proceedings for collection of judgments, and any other matters, and transfers jurisdiction to the federal bankruptcy court. I’m automatically removed, Nine said of the petition.

Technically, I’m nothing in this case right now. There will need to be an unsecured creditors committee, and either a debtor in possession or a trustee appointed. Photo by KENNY CORBIN In 2012: Wally Mona (left), became new owner of the Emerald Theatre, working with broker Joseph Sowerby of Anton Sowerby & Associates to close the deal on the historic building in Mt. Clemens.

Mona had plans to renovate and reopen. The Beginin and Mona companies claim they owe between $500,000 and $1 million to various creditors in the bankruptcy petition documents, including $561,826 on a loan that the owners obtained from Revere Capital LLC in 2013 for working capital to operate Macomb Music Theatre. Revere has assigned its mortgage debt to Caixa Preta LLC, listed as the owners’ largest and most senior creditor. Also holding a loan on the property is Gratiot Manchester Development LLC, Nine said, the company lists Manchester as its second largest creditor at $100,000 in court.

Domestic Uniform obtained a court judgment against Macomb Entertainment and other companies for about $40,000 last year, attorneys said, but the bankruptcy exhibits list its creditor claim as “unknown. ” Charles Bullock, partner at Southfield-based Stevenson & Bullock PLC and attorney for the companies in bankruptcy, also said the petitions end the receivership and the owners hope to regain control of the property shortly. Attorneys and sources in Mt. Clemens said the theater hasn’t hosted an event since last fall and Johnny G’s has been shuttered since shortly after Mona and Beginin closed it for renovations, more than a year earlier.

But Bullock said the owners plan to ask the court to appoint a chief restructuring office, possibly by early next week, and retake possession of the theater. “The theater is currently preparing to reopen, but obviously the bankruptcy is slowing that down a little bit,” Bullock said. “Between the theater and Johnny G’s next door, and the liquor licenses, there are plenty of assets to work with here. This isn’t a large amount of debt.

The owners were just being stretched (by creditors) and needed room to be able to work something out. ” The owners originally acquired the theater for around $650,000 and Johnny G’s for about $325,000, over two years ago, and Mona and Beginin made extensive renovations, largely with their own money. The theater was listed for sale at $2. 9 million last fall, but it found no buyers at that price.

Nine later relisted it for $995,000 after the receivership appointment in late February. But that listing has also been withdrawn, said Joe Sowerby, partner at Mt. Clemens-based Anton & Sowerby & Associates, who listed the property for the owners and later for the receiver. In mid-February, Sowerby said, he and a maintenance worker he had hired to help keep up the property entered the theater and found someone had broken into both establishments, taking several flat screen TVs, some sound equipment and electronics.

“We were trying to fix up the asset and help make it look presentable (for a possible sale). It was before the receiver hired us, so that was just something I felt a business and civic responsibility to do,” he said. “It must have happened within a few days prior, because the building engineer indicated that he had been there about 72 hours earlier, and it hadn’t happened yet. ” Doug Bernstein, an attorney for Revere Capital at Bloomfield Hillls-based Plunkett & Cooney PC, said the case has taken a few unusual turns in court such as an unsecured creditor being able to obtain a receiver for the property.

But he still hopes to reach a resolution in the matter. We’ll see if we can work something out, he said. But it’s still pretty early in the bankruptcy process.
4/14/2015 - Tri-City Dragway - Saginaw - Gary Sterling
Yes Iam the same Gary (thunderhead)sterling.
4/13/2015 - Phoenix Theatres at West River - Farmington Hills - Kim Connell
Now changing over once again to a luxury theater, owned by the same group that owns the Maple Theater.

There is an article in MetroTimes online. Swanky new movie theater to open April 30 in Farmington Hills Posted By Alysa Offman on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 1:23 PM The Riviera Cinema, a brand new, nine auditorium theater, will open in Farmington Hills on Thursday, April 30. The swanky cinema will feature wall-to-wall screens in its auditoriums, state-of-the-art sound systems and film projection, high-backed rockers and VIP recliners. Doesn't sound like your typical cineplex, does it? The Riviera Cinema will also feature a cocktail lounge with an extended menu in addition to the usual concession fare.

The theater is owned by the Cloud Nine Theater Partners, LLC. The company also owns the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township. In 2012 they revamped that theater to include a coffee shop, a full bar, new seats with more leg room, and larger, 3-D capable screens. “Return to elegance in this grand new movie palace.

Imagine yourself back in an era when movie-going was a special event. Now everything is new, sleek, and modern with the finest technology,” said Cloud Nine's Ruth Daniels in a release. To celebrate the opening of the theater, a special charity event will be held on Wednesday, May 6. The event will feature a strolling supper, a signature cocktail, live music, movies, popcorn, and snacks and will benefit Jay's Juniors, National Council for Jewish Women, Oakland Early College, and Sweet Dreamzzz.

Jay Towers will host. Cocktail attire is required. Tickets for the event are $100 per person. The event starts at 6 p.

m. The theater will be located at 30170 Grand River Ave. , Farmington Hills.
4/12/2015 - Eastown Theatre - Detroit - Dawn
Its interesting reading everyone's comments.

My great grandfather was the manager at Eastown in the 1940s. He went on to help open many other theaters & drive-ins in Wayne , Macomb & Oakland counties. Almost all of these are closed now. He owned a business that furnished most of the theaters with projectors & seating.

His company was Exhibitors Supply Company. So sad that these beautiful theaters are all about gone now..
4/12/2015 - Northland Theatre - Southfield - EUGENE E. GREW
Kirkland: Such a treat finding your posting, especially the glowing accolades about me. You're very kind, but perhaps the years have dimmed the memory. Well, perhaps not! I have some group photos that I can scan should you want to add them to your post. I'm looking at one now, perhaps you have it.

A black and white, with you standing top row center, proudly in your uniform replete with cap with me and 25 others. Circa 1966. eegrew@comcast. net Regards, Grew.

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4/8/2015 - Grand Rapids Speedrome - Grand Rapids - william anderson
I watched races at the what I remember as the speedroom just south of comstoc kpark and west of North park I remember Gordon Johncock Dick Dunchey Andy Eddie and Gordy Falan were winners at the races I watched I also remember a guy named Doc Holliday and a guy named Howdey Steel I just remember them because of their names they were unique other than that No I don't remember any other racers It was a dirt track and they had parachuters on the 4th of July I was young but my parents went to the old track regularly It was torn down for the new highway 131 in the 60's I think.
4/8/2015 - Zellah Theatre - Detroit - Chuck
By 1946 this theatre was known as the Moran Theatre and was still in operation into at least the early 1950's.
4/8/2015 - Superior Drive-In Theatre - Munising - kenneth latvala
The theater was north of 28 & west of conners road. Mirons Lived near it. And the Clyde Beatty circus came to the same place.
4/5/2015 - Saranac Speedway - Saranac - Bob Cusack
We planted over 30,000 pine trees starting in 1952.

(10,000 trees a year for up to five years. The first year some boy scouts helped plant them) We sold some as Christmas trees in 1958. Some of the White Pine trees may be donated to help rebuild the Whites Bridge. We planted Red Pine the first year followed by White Pine and Blue Spruce.

The trees are over 60 years old. If anyone has any pictures we would appreciate it if you would post them to this site and/or email them to us..
4/1/2015 - Center Theatre - Bay City - joe herek
The Center Theatre was on the Southeast Corner of Center and Saginaw Sts. In later years it was a furniture store, the building has been demolished and at the present time a restaurant occupies the corner.
4/1/2015 - Arcade Theatre - Leslie - William S. Davis
As of September 2011, the building was being used as the city recreation center. Also, the previous owners were a Mr. and Mrs. Brown and it closed somewhere around 1955 or 1956 as I have seen local newspaper ads from around that time indicating the Arcade was still in operation.
4/1/2015 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Craig Williamson
My dad used to race at Motor City Speedway. He raced against Jack Goodwin, Joy Fair, Felix Brooks and many more I can't remember. Great times as a kid hanging out it in the pits watching him race. I remember one of his fastest cars was number # XXX.
3/30/2015 - Michigan State Fairgrounds - Detroit - Ron Smith
Also I saw a reference to Roger Meiners. My dad knew a racer by the name of Paul Mieners. Does anyone know if he was a relation? Thanks.
3/30/2015 - Michigan State Fairgrounds - Detroit - Ron Smith
When I was a kid maybe 1955-1959 we lived just east of the fairgrounds on the other side of the railroad tracks that ran along the east side of the racetrack.

My dad and his friends would come over to the house, drink beer and cross the tracks and stand on the metal fence ran along the track and railroad tracks. They would come back to the house with blacken faces and tails of the races. Crazy dangerous and the cops would chase them off every so often but they loved it. I was just a little guy and so were my friends.

None of the dads would allow the kids to go with them. So they had some sense! Anyone else remember that? PLUS my mom worked the concessions under the grandstands..
3/30/2015 - Vassar Theatre - Vassar - Linda Barnum
Dear Movie fans, Please allow me update you on some exciting information.

The Historic Vassar Theatre has been sold. The new owner is Mr. Andreas Fuchs of Conn. Mr.

Fuchs purchased the theater in mid- Dec. of 2014. His grand opening was at the end of Dec. with two special movies.

The new first run movie was shown on Jan. 24, 2015. The Vassar community is very fortunate to have this wonderful treasure Mr. Fuchs has restored the dynamics Tim O'Brien began.

He is providing first run movies at affordable prices. Mr. Fuchs's personality has endeared him to our community. You can learn more about Andreas Fuchs through articles recently published in Midland Daily News, Tuscola County Advertiser, & The Saginaw News.

The Vassar community would like to invite all tourists, & movie buffs to visit this historic theater. As you sit in one of the comfortable contoured seats, gaze at the beautiful art deco interior. The multicolored lighting sets the tone for this theater experience. You are literally transported in time! Close your eyes, imagine what it must have been like to be in the audience opening night of Dec.

27, 1937. Join us for an adventure!..
3/29/2015 - King Animaland Park - Richmond - Eric
Iwas there in 1965-66.

My father was the contractor that built the ticket office and the false frontier looking facade around the big barn. I made friends with Wanda, Tulsa and Sizie the elephants. Sizie was taken out of service for performing as she liked to leave the ring and scoot into the bleachers. I was wondering what ever became of them.

Susie was also a pick pocket. If you were not watching her she would check out my pockets to see if there was a treat for her. I also met a tiger named Tinkerbell who was a short time visitor. I also remember that Wanda hated the goat and broke her sliding door.

Dad also build a covered bridge over the creek that ran through the area. Tulsa was used to help move the base timbers into place, the tractor was able to get across the creek..
3/29/2015 - Superior Drive-In Theatre - Munising - Warren Methot
Your highlights in yellow are not where it was located. It was on the other (north) side of the M28 highway. I went there as a kid. My grandparents house was on the side you have highlighted.
3/29/2015 - Van Dyke Drive-In Theatre - Warren - Bill Jewell
The site of the former Van Dyke Drive-in is now a Menards home center. The golf dome which replaced the theater was torn down about 2 years ago.
3/26/2015 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Wolfgang Kurth
I'm looking for the support from the numerous historians among you! I’m the owner of a 1950 Jaguar XK120 which spend most of her life in Michigan, in the Detroit area in particular! The “earliest” owner I got hold of (Alan G.

Boring, Farmington) bought the car in 1968/1969 car from a “lady racer” living in the Detroit area. This lady did run sped trials at Daytona Beach (must have been in the mid 50's). The car was painted in a fleshy colour and therefore was nicknamed Shrimp! In 1972 Alan sold the Jaguar to Steven Daniels, Clinton, who sold the car in 1973/1974 to either Michael A. Griffin, Southfield or David Cleavinger (?).

Does any piece of information ring a bell? I truely appreciate your support - waterwinterwonderworld is almost the last source of information! Thank you. Wolfgang..
3/26/2015 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - Wolfgang Kurth
I'm looking for the support from the numerous historians among you! I’m the owner of a 1950 Jaguar XK120 which spend most of her life in Michigan, in the Detroit area in particular! The “earliest” owner I got hold of (Alan G.

Boring, Farmington) bought the car in 1968/1969 car from a “lady racer” living in the Detroit area. This lady did run sped trials at Daytona Beach (must have been in the mid 50's). The car was painted in a fleshy colour and therefore was nicknamed Shrimp! In 1972 Alan sold the Jaguar to Steven Daniels, Clinton, who sold the car in 1973/1974 to either Michael A. Griffin, Southfield or David Cleavinger (?).

Does any piece of information ring a bell? I truely appreciate your support - waterwinterwonderworld is almost the last source of information! Thank you. Wolfgang..
3/24/2015 - Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore - gary smith
My family worked at MCD in the middle 75-78 Head tech and prestige my wife the tower(et)my kids the crossover booth and clean up. We did manage the track for a short while until rescued by John Broden and wife. we also raced a 68 GTX green.
3/22/2015 - Jeddo - Jeddo - Kevin juzysta
This was my Grandpa's track. I would be very interested in any photos anyone has.
3/20/2015 - Big Rapids Cinema - Big Rapids - John McDowell
Carmike announced plans late last year to demolish the Big Rapids Cinemas and build an 8 screen theater in the downtown area, and acquire neighboring properties for parking. Within the last 2 weeks, they announced these plans were being put on hold, in order to concentrate on larger markets.
3/17/2015 - Jackson Motor Speedway - Jackson - Doug Everts
Just wanted to add a littlie information to the post here My dad Art Everts was in fact President of JMS, Phil Collins was Vice president, Ed Todd and Ralph Stall were co owners of Jackson Motor Speed Way as I understood they were owners, maybe they all did lease it unknown. they did aquire the tract and open it in 1968 and as I remember sold it to Spartan speedway in 1972, I grew up there also a great palce for kids to grow up at. best memories for us all. My dad also had a car there #22 Phil Collins, Dutch Taylor and Ron Fenny were the drivers of it.
3/17/2015 - Pic Theatre - Hancock - MS
the pic was closed awhile ago and in 2010-2011 it became the Orpheum Theatre. It is also a pizza place called studio pizza. The orpheum host live bands and dances along with other venues. Both Orpheum and Studio Pizza are both doing well to this day.
3/17/2015 - Lode Theatre - Houghton - MS
Lode theater was closed a couple years ago. it has been converted into a a office building with a realitor inside it.
3/17/2015 - Raceland - Wilber - Ron Brown
Jack Goodwin passed away on Mar 7, 2015. RIP old friend.

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