The mystery of exactly where the Night Sky Drive-In stood has apparently been solved by MichiganDriveIns. An October 2004 roadtrip, spurned by Jasons recent posts, to Benzonia to look for evidence of this long forgotten theatre has yielded some new information. When questioned, many local residents knew nothing of the Night Sky and assumed we were looking for the nearby Cherry Bowl Drive-In, fortunately we were armed with copies of the Night Skys grand opening ad and newspaper articles. One long time Benzonia resident however, remembered the Night Sky very well.
We spoke with Louie, the owner of Beulah Auto Parts salvage yard and the B&L Bar, he told us the Night Sky Drive-In DID NOT occupy the B&L property. He has owned the property since 1949 and built the bar there in 1964 and it was never a drive-in. He indicated the drive-in was located at the northeast corner of US-31 and Hoadley road, directly behind the Wesco gas station that occupies that corner. There are now a couple of pole barns on the site where the drive-in once stood. A concrete slab found directly behind the gas station was assumed to be the snack bar foundation, but it turned out to be the site of another pole barn that had been removed.