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Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Burnside MI 

Address: 5950 Van Dyke Rd
City: Burnside
State: MI
Zip: 48416
County: Lapeer
Open: 1951 (6-8-51) AD
Closed: 1989
Capacity: 300
Owner History: N. Fishner
Number of visits to this page: 22980
General Information:

The Burnside Drive-In opened in June of 1951. It was owned by N. Fishner. Capacity was listed at 300 cars with a single screen. No date give for closing.

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Info Updates:
10/31/2021 - allan barnes
One of the neon REFRESHMENT signs and IN neon signs were purchased & restored by Starlite DI in Grand Bend, Ontario. You can see that FULLY RESTORED RED refreshment inside the snack bar in 2021.
3/8/2021 - Andy Gray
A.S. Johnson Jr's (Bud's) list shows the Burnside Drive-In project without a date, but Al Johnson's seven project slides are dated January and June 1951. They show final construction of the tower and the drive-in on or about opening night in June 1951. One feature of the road side of the tower is a huge mural of a rising pheasant. The unincorporated Burnside community is at the intersection of M53 and M90, about eight miles north of Imlay City. The drive-in has since been demolished.
9/23/2009 - T
9/22/09 I was wondering about the Burnside drive in so I made contact with the Realtor. Then I checked out the buildings. Bad news in the projector house. The roof is fallen in and the place is way beyond repair. the entire place is trashed. The two projector stands are totally rusty. This is now the only structure on the property now. The metal pheasant screen is found in a crumpled heap behind the trees. the driveway's are barely visible. I am sorry to see it in this state. My fondest memory is seeing the movie E.T. there.
12/21/2004 - D Gould
I also went to Burnside Drive-In for many years as a kid. That was where I saw all the Disney movies. After it closed the property was used by a heating and cooling company. I can remember going there to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July during the 70s.
1/6/2003 - Drive-Ins.com
I used to go to the Burnside Drive In all the time as a kid in the 50s. It was small, like 250-300 cars, and had a beautiful mural of a pheasant rising out of a cornfield painted on the back of the wooden screen tower. The theatre is actually located at the intersection of Highway 53 and Burnside Road in Burnside, Michigan (unincorporated town that does not appear on the map) about 8 miles north of Imlay City, Michigan. The screen is gone but the projection/concession building still stands as does the foundation for the screen, the entrance road, and an exit sign. Lee Burgess
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Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
1951 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
1951 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
1951 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1950 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
1950 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
1951 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1950 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
1950 Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1951 Robie Gray Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
1951 Robie Gray Shot From A S Al Johnson (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Summer 2020 (newer photo)
Summer 2020 (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Summer 2020 (newer photo)
Summer 2020 (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Summer 2020 (newer photo)
Summer 2020 (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Summer 2020 (newer photo)
Summer 2020 (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Burnside Marquee Courtesy Greg (newer photo)
Burnside Marquee Courtesy Greg (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Burnside Ruins Courtesy Greg (newer photo)
Burnside Ruins Courtesy Greg (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Burnside Ruins Courtesy Greg (newer photo)
Burnside Ruins Courtesy Greg (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Burnside Ticket Booth 1996 Courtesy Outdoor Moovies (newer photo)
Burnside Ticket Booth 1996 Courtesy Outdoor Moovies (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Burnside Ticket Booth 1996 Courtesy Outdoor Moovies (newer photo)
Burnside Ticket Booth 1996 Courtesy Outdoor Moovies (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Burnside Snackbar 1996 Courtesy Outdoor Moovies (newer photo)
Burnside Snackbar 1996 Courtesy Outdoor Moovies (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Burnside Fence 1996 Courtesy Outdoor Moovies (newer photo)
Burnside Fence 1996 Courtesy Outdoor Moovies (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Driveway - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Driveway - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - From Harry Skrdla (newer photo)
From Harry Skrdla (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - From Harry Skrdla (newer photo)
From Harry Skrdla (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Projection (newer photo)
Projection (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Projection Booth - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Projection Booth - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Projection Concession (newer photo)
Projection Concession (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Concession - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Concession - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Concession (newer photo)
Concession (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Concession From Rear - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Concession From Rear - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Refreshment Stand - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Refreshment Stand - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Refreshments - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Refreshments - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Proj Booth - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Proj Booth - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Inside Projection - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Inside Projection - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Inside Concession - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Inside Concession - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Inside Concession2 - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Inside Concession2 - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Film Winder - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Film Winder - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Coming Soon (newer photo)
Coming Soon (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Old In-Sign - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Old In-Sign - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Sound Panel - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Sound Panel - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Ticket Booth From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Ticket Booth From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Ticket Stub (newer photo)
Ticket Stub (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Historic Aerial (newer photo)
Historic Aerial (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Vintage Aerial (newer photo)
Vintage Aerial (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Vintage Aerial (newer photo)
Vintage Aerial (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - May 14 1958 Ad (newer photo)
May 14 1958 Ad (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Aerial (newer photo)
Aerial (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1950S Ticket Stub From Paul (newer photo)
1950S Ticket Stub From Paul (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 1962 Brown City High School Yearbook (newer photo)
1962 Brown City High School Yearbook (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - 21 Aug 1953 Robbery (newer photo)
21 Aug 1953 Robbery (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Jul 1962 Article On Fireworks Incident (newer photo)
Jul 1962 Article On Fireworks Incident (newer photo)
Burnside Drive-In Theatre - Sep 4 1988 Closing Article (newer photo)
Sep 4 1988 Closing Article (newer photo)
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