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Grand River Drive-In Theatre - Farmington MI

Address: 30200 Grand River
City: Farmington
State: MI
Zip: 48336
County: Oakland
Open: 1949 (4-15-49) AD
Closed: 1988 (7-20-88)
Capacity: 750 (1957) - 1200 (1977) - 1100 (1988)
Owner History: Community Theatres
Number of visits to this page: 15669
General Information:

The Grand River Drive-In opened April 15 1949. It was a single screen theatre with a capacity for 750 cars. Two more screens were later added, giving a car capacity for 1,100. It was closed around 1988.

Source: John Lauter

Correction here - the Drive in stood where Target and the parking areas for that strip mall sit today--not the Chevy dealer. The Chevy dealer (then KA Roger Peck Chev) was there concurrent to the latter days of the Drive-in operation. I worked there, briefly in 1976. There was no small amount of animosity between the car dealer and the drive in operators, who once allowed an extremely disgruntled customer to park his lemon of a Chevy in the exit of the drive in with a huge sign reading "Roger Peck Chevrolet sold me this lemon". The marquee was along Grand River ave, and the screen was perpendicular along the west property line, next to the Chevy dealer.

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Grand River Drive-In Theatre - FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - OLD PHOTO FROM HARRY SKRDLA
OLD PHOTO FROM HARRY SKRDLA
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - OLD PICTURE
OLD PICTURE
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - OLD PICTURE
OLD PICTURE
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - OLD PICTURE
OLD PICTURE
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - CLOSING NIGHT
CLOSING NIGHT
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - TICKET BOOTH - PHOTO FROM RG
TICKET BOOTH - PHOTO FROM RG
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - SPEAKER - PHOTO FROM RG
SPEAKER - PHOTO FROM RG
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - GRAND RIVER GRAND OPENING AD 4-15-49 FROM MICHIGANDRIVEINS
GRAND RIVER GRAND OPENING AD 4-15-49 FROM MICHIGANDRIVEINS
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - NEWS ARTICLE 7-22-88
NEWS ARTICLE 7-22-88
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - NEWS ARTICLE
NEWS ARTICLE
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - MATCHBOOK
MATCHBOOK
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - OLD AERIAL
OLD AERIAL
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