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Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - Cadillac MI

Address: 9096 S US 131
City: Cadillac
State: MI
Zip: 49601
County: Wexford
Open: (1950) NA
Closed: N/A
Capacity: 500
Owner History: N/A
Number of visits to this page: 11991
General Information:

Source: MichiganDriveIns.com

Even though I grew up in the Lansing area, the countless trips to see relatives in Cadillac usually lead to driving by the Cadillac Drive-In on what is now Old US-131. My parents never took me there, nor any drive-in for that matter. I dont know when it closed - sometime in the early-mid 80s. It was torn down in the late 80s - maybe early 90s. Im sure the adddress number you give is correct, but the road today is Mackinaw Trail, otherwise known as Old US-131. The freeway leading up to the south side of Cadillac was completed in the early/mid 80s, and 131 was redesignated. The freeway also took a considerable chunk of property out of the drive-in.

The drive-in is located at the southwest wedge of the Mackinaw Trail overpass over the 131 freeway. Today, the property is an empty field with scattered pine trees. Its entrance is directly across from No. 46 Rd. The only things that remain on the property are the concrete pads of which the screen sat on and a lonely power pole. A for sale sign has been sitting on the property for several years. The screen sat on the south side of the property next to the road, facing northwest. If it was still there, a perfect view of the screen could be seen from the freeway.( Kurt Ahlgrim 12-15-99

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Info Updates:
12/6/2017 - John
I can assert that it was still open in the Fall of 1986, because I saw Back to School there, with Top Gun as the second feature, and Back to School came out in June of '86. Could have been summer time, but generally, drive-ins waited a while to get their prints, after the films had played through the stick-built theater circuit. A good time was had there, at that time I worked at a radio station just up the Mackinaw Trail, toward Cadillac.
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Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - OLD PIC FROM HARRY SKRDLA
OLD PIC FROM HARRY SKRDLA
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - OLD PIC FROM HARRY SKRDLA
OLD PIC FROM HARRY SKRDLA
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - OLD PIC FROM HARRY SKRDLA
OLD PIC FROM HARRY SKRDLA
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - OLD PIC FROM HARRY SKRDLA
OLD PIC FROM HARRY SKRDLA
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - OLD PIC FROM HARRY SKRDLA
OLD PIC FROM HARRY SKRDLA
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL FROM RON
AERIAL FROM RON
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN FOUNDATION WITH ELECTRICAL - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
SCREEN FOUNDATION WITH ELECTRICAL - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN FOUNDATION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
SCREEN FOUNDATION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN FOUNDATION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
SCREEN FOUNDATION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - THE LOT - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
THE LOT - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL
AERIAL
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - CADILLAC 1955 CROP
CADILLAC 1955 CROP
Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - VINTAGE AERIAL
VINTAGE AERIAL
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