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Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - Chassell MI

Address: 4034 Oak St
City: Chassell
State: MI
Zip: 49916
County: Houghton
Open: 1952 (6-13-52) AD
Closed: 1986 (9-8-86) AD
Capacity: 400 (1957)
Owner History: V. McKelski (1957) A.J. Gasuoda (1985) Charles Gazvoda (1976-86)
Number of visits to this page: 10016
General Information:

Source: Andrew Wilson AKA The Librarian

Here are the pictures of the Hiawatha DIT that I found in a 1988 book on Chassell MI, that I found at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton, MI. The aerial shot is from "the 1980s." It is interesting to note that after the DIT closed the entrance road to 41 was altered back to where the street on the left is. The railroad tracks have also since been removed. The marquee shot was taken in March 1958. The Hiawatha opened on June 13, 1952. It might have closed on September 8, 1986, but I dont have access to the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette film for 1987. No ads appeared in 1988.

From Cinema Treasures

The Hiawatha Drive-In opened on June 13, 1952. This drive-in had one screen and a capacity for 400 cars. The last owner was Charles Gazvoda who operated the drive-in from 1976 until its closing in September of 1986.

Info Updates:
9/30/2012 - Dave Rolins
The ticket booth is now gone. The only thing standing is the marquee. I'm sure that will be headed to the scrap yard also. Sad to see it go.
9/30/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
A recent site inspection revealed that the marquee, ticket booth, speaker poles, ramps and screen foundation remain. Very cool woodsy setting!
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Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - RESTORED SIGN FROM RON GROSS
RESTORED SIGN FROM RON GROSS
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE FROM ANDREW WILSON
MARQUEE FROM ANDREW WILSON
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL FROM ANDREW WILSON
AERIAL FROM ANDREW WILSON
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE
MARQUEE
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - TICKET BOOTH
TICKET BOOTH
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - INSIDE TICKET BOOTH
INSIDE TICKET BOOTH
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - THE FIELD
THE FIELD
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - SPEAKER POLE
SPEAKER POLE
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN FOUNDATION
SCREEN FOUNDATION
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - POLES IN THE FIELD
POLES IN THE FIELD
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - MORE SCREEN FOUNDATION
MORE SCREEN FOUNDATION
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - EXIT DRIVEWAY
EXIT DRIVEWAY
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - TICKET BOOTH 1998 COURTESY ERIC SCOTT
TICKET BOOTH 1998 COURTESY ERIC SCOTT
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE TICKET BOOTH 1998 COURTESY ERIC SCOTT
MARQUEE TICKET BOOTH 1998 COURTESY ERIC SCOTT
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE TICKET BOOTH 1999 COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
MARQUEE TICKET BOOTH 1999 COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - FIELD SNACKBAR 1998 COURTESY ERIC SCOTT
FIELD SNACKBAR 1998 COURTESY ERIC SCOTT
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - SNACK BAR 1998 COURTESY ERIC SCOTT
SNACK BAR 1998 COURTESY ERIC SCOTT
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - TRASHED SNACK BAR 1999 COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
TRASHED SNACK BAR 1999 COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - SPEAKER COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
SPEAKER COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - SPEAKER SOLD ON EBAY COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
SPEAKER SOLD ON EBAY COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - TICKET COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
TICKET COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - TICKETS COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
TICKETS COURTESY SCOTT HECKEL
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL
AERIAL
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - 23 DECEMBER 1953 AD
23 DECEMBER 1953 AD
Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
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