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Superior Drive-In Theatre - Munising MI

Address: M-28 and Connors Rd
City: Munising
State: MI
Zip: 49862
County: Alger
Open: 1954 (6-11-54) AD
Closed: N/A
Capacity: 200 (1965,1972)
Owner History: Richard Bandeau (1957,1965)
Number of visits to this page: 8491
General Information:

I have been obsessed with finding this drive-in lot since I started this site over 20 years ago. I just checked Cinema Treasures and a poster named Kenmore made a great point in a 2020 submission. M-28 was on a different route when the drive-in would have been open. The folks who have posted on my site disagreed on whether the DI was North or South of M-28. I believe the reason for that is due to the re-routing of M-28 which is not obvious looking at the current map (2022).

When you reconcile those facts, they are in a sense both right. The drive-in was SOUTH of where M-28 sits NOW, but NORTH of where it was routed THEN which is basically Prospect St. Looking at the 1953 aerial, that newer section of M-28 did not exist. The PROBLEM with the 1953 aerial is that there is no sign of a drive-in being constructed that I can see.

So, if the 1954 opening date is correct, it must have been a hurry-up job to get it up and running. Unfortunately there is a gap on historical aerials between 1953 and 1981. The other thing working against this theory is the 1959 Topo Map shows nothing in terms of a shape or designation of a drive-in theater. Topo maps USUALLY noted both as Drive-Ins were great landmarks for aviation due to their distinctive footprint as viewed from the air.

In the end, I am positive this place existed but there is still mystery surrounding the location.

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Info Updates:
4/8/2015 - 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.
3/29/2015 - 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.
8/5/2014 - Dave Lempke
Yes this Drive In was in Wetmore. It was basically in my grandmother's backyard. I remember very early 60's was still operating. By mid 60's not. I would have to look at old photo's for exact location.
12/9/2010 - FA
It was in that area, but a little closer to where the mini golf is, I think. I remember going into the abandoned projection booth in the early 60's and finding a roll of unused tickets.
6/6/2004 - Mary
Yes, there was a drive-in located in Wetmore, on your right side driving east before you came to the intersection of Highway 13. I know it was there in the 50s but not sure when it closed.
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Superior Drive-In Theatre - COMPARISON OF 1950S TOPO MAP TO CURRENT
COMPARISON OF 1950S TOPO MAP TO CURRENT
Superior Drive-In Theatre - 1954 AERIAL
1954 AERIAL
Superior Drive-In Theatre - 1959 TOPO MAP - NO MENTION OF DI
1959 TOPO MAP - NO MENTION OF DI
Superior Drive-In Theatre - MY ORIGINAL ANALYSIS OF OLD AERIAL FROM 2004
MY ORIGINAL ANALYSIS OF OLD AERIAL FROM 2004
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