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Sundowner Drive-In Theatre - Traverse City MI

Address: 292 US-31 South
City: Traverse City
State: MI
Zip: 49684
County: Grand Traverse
Open: 1980 (5-20-80)
Closed: (JUNE 1985)
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Owner History: Sundowner (1985)
Number of visits to this page: 16067
General Information:

2 Screens

The drive-in opened either in the late 1970's or early 80's apparently. It was closed by 1986 so it didn't have that long of a run. As I travel up to that area alot, I usually check in on the place. From what I am reading there is hardly anything left. Even the original sign, which had been re-used for the marine dealer, is gone. And so it goes, another old drive-in disappears into the mists of time. Fortunately, I am here to remind everyone of where they were LOL.

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Info Updates:
5/16/2020 - Cole Maxson
As of 2020, not much remains at all. Neither the moonbeam light or the projection building/snack bar is there, and have been replaced by what I think is a warehouse or garage. The entirety of the southern lot has been replaced been built over. A good portion of the northern lot is still there, but no parking spots remain. The northern screen hasn't been there since either 2009 or 2010. From the satellite view, it appears as though there is a pile of scrap in the northern lot. I believe this could be either remnant of one of the screens or the old speaker poles. Sometime after 2011, the original signboard was replaced with a new one for Traverse Bay Marine. All that remains of the legacy of the theater is the road Sundowner Drive, and serves as access to Team Elmer's. A pretty sad legacy to the theater, it would've been an awesome experience, but it closed many years before I was born.
2/24/2004 - Seth Landon
This drive-in is the site of the old T.C. 250 snowmobile race. The drive ins and screens were placed in the pit area of the track. If you look closly you can see the outline of the old track.
1/6/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
One of the screen, marquee and snack bar remain, although the lot is being excavated and it looks like what is left will be gone soon.
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